Els Hostalets de Pierola

Els Hostalets de Pierola is a Spanish municipality situated in the Autonomous Community of Catalonia, province of Barcelona, Spain.

Els Hostalets de Pierola
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Els Hostalets de Pierola is located in Province of Barcelona
Els Hostalets de Pierola
Els Hostalets de Pierola
Location in the Province of Barcelona
Els Hostalets de Pierola is located in Catalonia
Els Hostalets de Pierola
Els Hostalets de Pierola
Location in Catalonia
Els Hostalets de Pierola is located in Spain
Els Hostalets de Pierola
Els Hostalets de Pierola
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 41°32′8″N 1°46′19″E / 41.53556°N 1.77194°E / 41.53556; 1.77194Coordinates: 41°32′8″N 1°46′19″E / 41.53556°N 1.77194°E / 41.53556; 1.77194
Country Spain
Community Catalonia
ProvinceBarcelona
ComarcaAnoia
Government
 • MayorGerard Parcerisas Valls (2019)[1]
Area
 • Total33.5 km2 (12.9 sq mi)
Elevation
474 m (1,555 ft)
Population
 (2018)[3]
 • Total2,930
 • Density87/km2 (230/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Pierolenc
Websiteelshostaletsdepierola.cat

The municipality includes the villages of Els Hostalets de Pierola, els Boscos de Can Martí, Can Fontimarc, Can Fonsalba, Can Gras, Can Marcet, Can Rovira de l'Estela, Pierola and Serra Alta.

HistoryEdit

The castle of Pierola, of which nothing remains, was cited in documents in 963. It belonged to the vicecounty of Barcelona from the tenth to the thirteenth century. In 1286 it was given by Alfonso II of Aragon to Asbert of Mediona. In 1698 Pau Ignasi of Dalmases bought the barony of Pierola. Afterwards it remained in the hands of the Fontcuberta family who kept it until the end of the manorialism

The municipality became internationally famous because of the 2002 discovery of a Miocene primate, the Pierolapithecus catalaunicus, a fossil of great interest for human evolution. The genus was named after the municipality.

Main sightsEdit

The church of the municipality is dedicated to Saint Peter (Sant Pere) and was constructed in 1852 in the place in which an ancient Roman temple was found. The church of Pierola, also dedicated to Saint Peter, is of Roman origin and appears in documents from 1060. Near the border with the municipality of Collbató (Baix Llobregat comarca), a hermitage, also Roman, dedicated to Saint Christopher of Canyelles was described as early as 1033.

EventsEdit

Els Hostalets de Pierola celebrates its major festival in July. In September a festival of wine takes place.

EconomyEdit

The principal economic activity is dryland farming, especially cereal and wine. There are also small industries.

Currently, as a consequence of the political development under the former mayor Pedro Barbado (PSC), this municipality has one of the most important sites of trash and other storage in all of Catalonia, which is now one of the major sources of income for the municipality.

Twin townsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ajuntament dels Hostalets de Pierola". Generalitat of Catalonia. Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  2. ^ "El municipi en xifres: Els Hostalets de Pierola". Statistical Institute of Catalonia. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  3. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.

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