Almansa

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Almansa
Municipality
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Coat of arms of Almansa
Coat of arms
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Almansa is located in Spain
Almansa
Almansa
Location in Spain
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Country  Spain
Autonomous community Castile-La Mancha
Province Albacete
Comarca Altiplanicie de Almansa
Judicial district Almansa
Commonwealth Monte Ibérico–Corredor de Almansa
Government
 • Mayor Francisco J. Núñez Núñez (PP)
Area
 • Total 531.91 km2 (205.37 sq mi)
Elevation 712 m (2,336 ft)
Population (2015)
 • Total 24,837
 • Density 47/km2 (120/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Almanseños
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 02640
Dialing code 967
Website Official website

Almansa is a Spanish town and municipality in the province of Albacete, part of the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha. The municipality borders with Alicante, Valencia and Murcia. Almansa is famous for its Moros y Cristianos festival from celebrated from the 1st to the 6th of May.

Almansa is built at the foot of a white limestone crag, which is surmounted by a Moorish castle, and rises abruptly in the midst of a fertile and irrigated plain. About 1 mile (1.6 km) south of the town centre stands an obelisk commemorating the Battle of Almansa fought there on the 25 April 1707 during the War of Spanish Succession, in which a French, Spanish and Irish army under the command of duke of Berwick, a natural son of James II, routed the allied British, Portuguese and Spanish troops.[1]

The Sierra del Mugrón is located within the Almansa city limits.

Main sights

The main sightseeing attraction is the 14th-century Castle of Almansa.

There are other important monuments, such as:

  • Church of la Asunción (16th-19th century)
  • Palace of Los Condes de Cirat (16th century), today the Town Hall
  • Church of the Agustinas Convent (18th century)
  • The Convent of San Francisco (17th century)
  • Clock Tower (1780)

8 km from the city is the reservoir of Almansa, built in 1584. This reservoir is the oldest one in Europe. 12 km from the city is the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Belen (17th century).

Camino de Santiago

Two pilgrim routes on the Camino de Santiago meet in Almansa. From the south comes the Camino de la Lana and from the east, the Camino de Levante. The Camino de la Lana joins Alicante with Burgos, and the Camino de Levante joins Valencia with Zamora.

See also

References

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