Saldaña, Palencia

Saldaña is the principal town of the fertile plains of the province of Palencia in the autonomous community of Castile and León, Spain, and may be the town of "Eldana" [2] mentioned by the historian Ptolemy as being conquered by the Roman Empire.

Saldaña
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Flag of Saldaña
Flag
Official seal of Saldaña
Seal
Country Spain
Autonomous community Castile and León
Province Palencia
MunicipalitySaldaña
Area
 • Total131.95 km2 (50.95 sq mi)
Population
 (2018)[1]
 • Total3,004
 • Density23/km2 (59/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
WebsiteOfficial website
Ruins of the castle at Saldaña

The town's connection to the Roman Era is reflected in the beautiful remains of a villa attributed to the emperor Theodosius I.

From the 10th to the 11th century, Saldaña was the seat of a family of powerful counts, the Banu Gómez. The medieval counts of Saldaña figure in local history and literature. Anachronistically, they appear in tales related to the exploits of the semi-legendary figure Bernardo del Carpio, while their legendary scions, the Infantes de Carrión, prove rivals of the hero in the Cantar de Mio Cid.

It was here in 1149 that Berenguela of Barcelona died.

Saldaña is also known for its popular open-air market day held each Tuesday in the town's central plaza.[3][4]

Its old stone-surfaced town square, known as the "Plaza Vieja," is believed to date to the 10th century.[5] Work started in September, 2019 to reconstruct the plaza's pavement to make it safer for pedestrians and more easily accessible to persons with disabilities.[6][7]

Cars parked in Saldaña's old town square, the Plaza Vieja. Cars will be forbidden in the square after a renovation that began in September, 2019 is completed.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.
  2. ^ Curchin, Leonard A. (2004-05-05). The Romanization of Central Spain: Complexity, Diversity and Change in a Provincial Hinterland. Routledge. ISBN 9781134451128.
  3. ^ "Mercadillo de Saldaña". www.mercadillosemanal.com. Retrieved 2016-12-07.
  4. ^ Javier Cardeñosa Laso (2011-02-28), Saldaña. Mercado de los Martes., retrieved 2016-12-07
  5. ^ "Plaza Vieja – Saldaña". saldana.es. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  6. ^ Palentino, Diario (2019-09-19). "Arranca la obra para revitalizar la plaza Vieja de Saldaña". Diario Palentino (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  7. ^ SER, Cadena (2019-09-16). "Comienza la remodelación de la Plaza Vieja de Saldaña". Cadena SER (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  8. ^ SER, Cadena (2019-09-16). "Comienza la remodelación de la Plaza Vieja de Saldaña". Cadena SER (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-10-29.


Coordinates: 42°31′N 4°44′W / 42.517°N 4.733°W / 42.517; -4.733