Albelda de Iregua

Albelda de Iregua is a village and municipality in the province and autonomous community of La Rioja, Spain. The municipality covers an area of 23.03 square kilometres (8.89 sq mi) and as of 2011 had a population of 3339 people.[2]

Albelda de Iregua
View of Albelda de Iregua (La Rioja, Spain)
View of Albelda de Iregua (La Rioja, Spain)
Official seal of Albelda de Iregua
Seal
Albelda de Iregua is located in La Rioja, Spain
Albelda de Iregua
Albelda de Iregua
Location of Albelda de Iregua in La Rioja
Albelda de Iregua is located in Spain
Albelda de Iregua
Albelda de Iregua
Location of Albelda de Iregua in Spain
Coordinates: 42°22′N 2°28′W / 42.367°N 2.467°W / 42.367; -2.467Coordinates: 42°22′N 2°28′W / 42.367°N 2.467°W / 42.367; -2.467
Country Spain
Autonomous Community La Rioja
ProvinceLa Rioja
ComarcaLogroño
Government
 • MayorRosa Ana Zorzano Cámara (PP)
Area
 • Total23.03 km2 (8.89 sq mi)
Population
 (2018)[1]
 • Total3,462
 (INE)
Postal code
26120
Websitewww.albelda.org

GeographyEdit

 
The township of Albelda de Iregua

Albelda is located south of Logroño in the lower Iregua valley. This provides a fertile land for growing fruit.

The village is bounded on the north by Lardero and Alberite, to the east by Clavijo, to the south by Nalda and to the west by Sorzano and Entrena.

Within its terrains were the unpopulated communities of Longares, depopulated in the 12th century, Morcuera, deserted in the 14th century and Mucrones.

HistoryEdit

In 1063 the Bishop of Nájera approved a Town Charter for the population, under the name Longares.

The town had a Jewish community since the 10th century till the Spanish Jewish Inquisition in 1492. During that period of time, about 35 families lived in the town, paying taxes to the local bishop.[3] Several Jews acquired the surname of the town, such as Moses Albelda (died 1545), a bible commentator who lived in Turkey and assumed to have ancestors from the town, who escaped to Turkey during the Inquisition.[4]

ToponymEdit

Its name may come from the Arabic term with the article Bayda Al, which means 'The White'. On the other hand, the etymology of the word "Albelda" proposed by the historian Urbano Espinosa points to the toponym Albalda/Albeilda (in Spanish), meaning "the village", as recorded in the Christian chronicles and consolidated during the Muslim rule (8th and 9th centuries). Its meaning has to do with the set of three monasteries located in the townships of Nalda and Albelda: San Pantaleon (in Nalda), and the monasteries of Albelda and Las Tapias, in Albelda itself.

PopulationEdit

As at 1 January 2010 the population of Albelda de Iregua was 3,291 persons, 1727 men and 1564 women.[5]

Vertical bar chart demographic of Albelda de Iregua between 1857 and 2010
  Legal population (1857-1897) according to the population census published by the Instituto Nacional de Estadística in the 19th century.
  Legal population (1900-1991) or Resident population (2001) according to the population census published by the Instituto Nacional de Estadística.
  Population according to the municipal register of 2010 published by the Instituto Nacional de Estadística.

Places of interestEdit

Buildings and monumentsEdit

  • San Martín Church, constructed in 1970
  • Santa Isabel Hermitage
  • Nuestra Señora de Bueyo Hermitage, Romanesque. It was declared Bien de Interés Cultural (property of Cultural Interest) in the category of monuments on 13 June 1983.[6]
  • Santa Fe de Palazuelos Hermitage. It was declared Bien de Interés Cultural (property of Cultural Interest) in the category of monuments on 25 October 1984.[7]

Photo galleryEdit

Local celebrationsEdit

Notable peopleEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.
  2. ^ "La Rioja: Población por municipios y sexo:Cifras oficiales de población resultantes de la revisión del Padrón municipal a 1 de enero de 2011". Instituto Nacional de Estadística. Archived from the original on 21 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  3. ^ http://jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/1078-albelda
  4. ^ http://jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/1079-albelda
  5. ^ "Soria: Población por municipios y sexo (:Soria - Population by Municipality and Sex)". Instituto Nacional de Estadística. Archived from the original on 22 September 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Patrimonio Histórico". Ministry of Culture.
  7. ^ "Patrimonio Histórico". Ministry of Culture.

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