Province of Zamora
|Province of Zamora|
|— Autonomous Community —|
|• President||Fernando Martínez Maillo|
|Area(2.2% of Spain; Ranked 22nd)|
|• Total||10,561 km2 (4,078 sq mi)|
|• Density||19/km2 ( 49/sq mi)|
|• Pop. rank||45th|
|• Percent||0.45 of Spain|
|Statute of Autonomy||June 9, 1982|
Of the 195,665 people (2002) in the province, nearly a third live in the capital, Zamora. This province has 250 municipalities.
- Historical churches and buildings in Zamora
- Benavente: 70 km north from the capital. Santa María church and Castle of La Mota (now the Parador of Benavente). The parador Fernando II de Leon as it is called occupies the castle- palace built in the twelfth century and is part of the former walled enclosure of the town.
- Toro, 39 km away from Zamora. Façade of the 'Palacio de las Leyes' and also the Santa María la Mayor collegiate church (known in Spanish as La Colegiata). Its wines were the first to be taken to America by Christopher Columbus.
- Sanabria: on the border with Galicia. Declared a Historic and Artistic centre and set within the countryside near the Sanabria Lake.
- Fermoselle, located on the border with Portugal and on the edge of the Arribes del Duero Natural Park. The Arribes feature a hunting reserve in the Culebra mountain range (with the highest population of wolves in the whole of Europe).
- Villafáfila. The lakes, in ancient times beaches, still retain the sand and fossils is home to numerous species of European birds. It is second largest water reserve in Spain after Doñana.
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- Spanish Real Decreto of November 30, 1833
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