Villanueva de los Infantes, Ciudad Real
Villanueva de los Infantes
|Autonomous community||Castile-La Mancha|
|Comarca||Campo de Montiel|
|• Mayor||Antonio Ruiz Lucas|
|• Total||135.06 km2 (52.15 sq mi)|
|Elevation||880 m (2,890 ft)|
|• Density||37/km2 (96/sq mi)|
|Demonym(s)||infanteño (m), infanteña (f)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
It is the capital of the comarca (region) Campo de Montiel. It has been designated by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid as "El Lugar de La Mancha" (The Place in La Mancha) mentioned at the start of Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes. It is also known as the place where Francisco de Quevedo died; his remains were found in 2007 in the church of San Andrés Apostol (St. Andrew's Church). It is possible to visit the room in the convent where Quevedo spent his final days. The convent is now the church of Santo Domingo (Saint Dominic) and this room is situated inside it.
It is also the town where Thomas of Villanova grew up.
The economy is based on tourism, wine and olives.
The patron saint of Villanueva de Los Infantes is Our Lady the Virgin of La Antigua, a 13th century carving known in the Middle Ages as Santa María de Jamila. It was crowned canonically on the last Saturday of May 2000, by the Prior Bishop of Ciudad Real, Rafael Torija de la Fuente. His party is celebrated on September 8, coinciding with the Nativity of Our Lady. The patron saint is Santo Tomás de Villanueva, whose feast is celebrated on September 18, with pontifical privilege (the feast of Santo Tomás de Villanueva is celebrated on October 10).
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