Vilalba

Vilalba is a municipality in Galicia (Spain), in the province of Lugo, on the left bank of the river Ladra, one of the headstreams of the Miño.[2]

Vilalba
Municipality
Casa do concello, Vilalba.jpg
Flag of Vilalba
Flag
Coat of arms of Vilalba
Coat of arms
Vilalba is located in Spain
Vilalba
Vilalba
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 43°17′47″N 7°40′43″W / 43.29639°N 7.67861°W / 43.29639; -7.67861
Country Spain
Autonomous Community Galicia
ProvinceLugo
ComarcaTerra Chá
Government
 • MayorElba Veleiro (PsdeG-PSOE)
Area
 • Total379 km2 (146 sq mi)
Elevation480 m (1,570 ft)
Population
 (2018)[1]
 • Total14,226
 • Density38/km2 (97/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST (GMT +2))
Area code(s)+34 (Spain) + 982 (Lugo)
Websitevilalba.gal

Pilgrim routeEdit

Vilalba is located on the old pilgrim route from western Europe to Santiago de Compostella, which enters from Burgos and Abadin to the east and crosses using the old Bridge of Martiñán in the parish of Goiriz, leaving on the west side of the town towards Baamonde, Guitiriz and León.

Journalistic traditionEdit

During the 20th century Vilalba had a rich journalistic tradition that began in 1902 with the Ideal Villalbés, a newspaper handwritten by the poet and journalist Antonio García Hermida. This was continued, in a more professional form, by the El Eco de Villalba (1908) under Manuel Mato Vizoso and Novo Freire. After this were El Ratón (1910), El Vigía Villalbés (1913), Azul y Blanco (1914), Villalba y su comarca (1915), Galicia pintoresca (1916), and El Heraldo de Villalba (1916), which consecrated García Hermida as a professional journalist.

The proliferation of written press does not end there, but continued with the first newspaper written entirely in Galician in the town, A Xustiza (1918). Soon there were also Aurora (1918), El Gato (1919), La Voz Villalbesa (1921), El Progreso Villalbés (1922) founded by Enríquez Chanot, El Villalbés (1925), El Villalbés de Buenos Aires (1927), and La Unión Ciudadana (1929). In the years of the II Republic was edited a politically active newspaper, the Faro Villalbés (1932). One of their more significant columnists was Carmiña Prieto Rouco, author of the Himno da Terra Cha.

In the years of the Francoist State only two newspapers saw the light, both of which dealt mainly with sports: Stadium (1949) and El Castillo (1950). The next new newspaper did not appear until 1983, the short-lived A Voz de Vilalba.

The treeEdit

The town is unusual in having given its name to a local tree, the Pravia, which is a white maple located near the town's Parador (a fortress converted into a hotel).

Usually the Pravia turns to a stage to celebrate Christmas and represent the traditional Nativity scene (Belenismo).

Administrative unitsEdit

The following table lists the civil parishes (parroquias) of Vilalba, with their estimated 2019 populations:[3]

Parish Population
Alba (San Xoán) 304
Árbol [es; gl][a] (San Lourenzo) 457
Belesar (San Martiño) 323
Boizán (Santiago) 151
Carballido (Santa María) 229
Codesido (San Martiño) 254
Corvelle (San Bartolomeu) 260
San Simón Da Costa (San Simón) 389
Distriz (San Martiño) 125
Goiriz (Santiago) 637
Gondaísque (Santa María) 55
Insua (San Bartolomeu) 224
Ladra (San Salvador) 108
Lanzós (San Martiño) 482
Lanzós (San Salvador) 35
Mourence (San Xiao) 264
Nete (San Cosme) 216
Noche (San Martiño) 224
Oleiros (San Mamede) 330
Rioaveso (San Xurxo) 351
Román (Santalla) 391
Samarugo (Santiago) 132
Sancovade (Santiago) 1280
Santaballa (San Pedro) 507
Soexo (Santa María) 55
Tardade (Santa María) 56
Torre (A) (Santa María) 178
Vilalba (Santa María) 5867
Vilapedre (San Mamede) 144
Xoibán (San Salvador) 44

Notable Galicians born in VilalbaEdit

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ note that the existence of an interlanguage link here of course does not imply that interlanguage links are not available for the other parishes; interested editors are welcome to find and add them.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.
  2. ^ "Villalba" . Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). 1911.
  3. ^ "Nomenclátor: Población del Padrón Continuo por Unidad Poblacional". Retrieved 8 November 2020.. The relevant data is found by selecting from "Criterio Geográfico": Galicia > Lugo > Vilalba, and setting "Criterio Tipo de entidad" to "Sólo entidades colectivas".

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 43°18′N 7°41′W / 43.300°N 7.683°W / 43.300; -7.683