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Balaguer (Catalan pronunciation: [bələˈɣe]) is the capital of the comarca of Noguera, in the province of Lleida, Catalonia, Spain. It is located by the river Segre, a tributary to the Ebre. The municipality includes an exclave to the east.

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Church of St. Mary.
Church of St. Mary.
Flag of Balaguer
Flag
Coat of arms of Balaguer
Coat of arms
Balaguer is located in Province of Lleida
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Balaguer
Location in Spain
Balaguer is located in Catalonia
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Balaguer (Catalonia)
Balaguer is located in Spain
Balaguer
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Balaguer (Spain)
Coordinates: 41°47′24″N 0°48′18″E / 41.790°N 0.805°E / 41.790; 0.805Coordinates: 41°47′24″N 0°48′18″E / 41.790°N 0.805°E / 41.790; 0.805
Country Spain
Community Catalonia
ProvinceLleida
ComarcaLa Noguera
Government
 • MayorJordi Ignasi Vidal Giné (2015)[1]
Area
 • Total57.3 km2 (22.1 sq mi)
Elevation
233 m (764 ft)
Population
 (2018)[3]
 • Total16,841
 • Density290/km2 (760/sq mi)
DemonymsBalaguerí, balaguerina
ClimateCfa
Websitewww.balaguer.cat

Balaguer was conquered from the Moors by Ermengol VI of Urgell in 1106; he made it his new capital, and it remained so for subsequent counts of Urgell.

The town has a Gothic bridge, the "Pont de Sant Miquel", over the Segre river. This bridge was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War in the battle of "Cap de Pont" (bridgehead battle in 1938) and rebuilt after the war.

Another Gothic building is the Santa Maria Church, in the heights above the city, in line with a quite finely conserved wall dating to the 15th century AD.

The historic town is on the right bank of the Segre but, following the Spanish Civil War, construction began on a modern bridge, which initiated development of a modern extension of the town on the left bank.

General Franco's forces first entered Catalonia from Aragon in 1938 through Balaguer's bridgehead.

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  1. ^ "Ajuntament de Balaguer". Generalitat of Catalonia. Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  2. ^ "El municipi en xifres: Balaguer". Statistical Institute of Catalonia. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  3. ^ "Municipal Register of Spain 2018". National Statistics Institute. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Naked Josep Ivan Argelaga Is Pretending To Be A Dog All In The Name Of Art".

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