Carnival in Vinaròs.
|Autonomous community||Template:Country data Valencian Country|
|• Mayor||Enric Pla Vall|
|• Total||96.5 km2 (37.3 sq mi)|
|Elevation||7 m (23 ft)|
|• Density||300/km2 (770/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Official language(s)||Catalan, Spanish|
Vinaròs (Valencian pronunciation: [vinaˈɾɔs]) is a town and municipality in eastern Spain, in the province of Castellón and part of the autonomous Valencian Community. The town is on the Gulf of Valencia coast of the western Mediterranean Sea, Vinaròs is a fishing harbour and tourist destination.
The first historical record of Vinaròs is in 1233, when the Moorish hamlet of Binarlaros-Ibn Arus in eastern al-Andaluz was captured by King James I of Aragon. It was under rule of the Knights templar order between 1294 and 1311, and of the order of Montesa during the 14th century.
The town grew during the 16th and 17th centuries, when fortifications and navy yards were built, and attained great prosperity during the following two centuries, due to its involvement in ship building and Valencian wine trade. The town suffered a strong decline in the early 20th century as a consequence of the spread of phylloxera in the regions vineyards, which devastated wine production.
Sights in Vinaròs is the fortress-like Església Arxiprestal de l'Assumpció (Archpriestal Church of the Assumption of Our Lady), built in the prevailing Renaissance architectural style during 1583-1596, with a 'new' Baroque portal added during 1698–1702.
- Louis Joseph, Duke of Vendôme (1654 - 1712), marshal in the War of the Spanish Succession fighting on the side of the Bourbons. He died at Vinaròs from indigestion after eating a serving of king prawns.
- Maria Conesa (Vinaròs, 189x - México, 197x) actress in México as "la gatita blanca".
- Carles Santos Ventura (born 1940), pianist, composer, painter, sculptor and performer.
- Leopoldo Querol: pianist and professor at the National Conservatory of Music.
- Joan Elies Adell i Pitarch: poet
- José María Salaverría: writer.
- Juan Felipe Leal. Anales del Cine en México, 1895-1911. Vol. 6, 1900: Segunda parte. El cinematógrafo y los teatros. Juan Felipe Leal. pp. 224–. ISBN 978-607-7700-42-5. Retrieved 13 August 2011.
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