Alquézar

human settlement in Huesca Province, Aragon, Spain

Alquézar (Aragonese: Alquezra)[2] is a town in the province of Huesca. It is located in the autonomous community of Aragon, Spain. As of 2012, its population was 301.

Alquézar

Alquezra
View of Alquézar with the church on top
View of Alquézar with the church on top
Coat of arms of Alquézar
Coat of arms
Alquézar is located in Spain
Alquézar
Alquézar
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 42°10′26″N 0°01′38″W / 42.17389°N 0.02722°W / 42.17389; -0.02722Coordinates: 42°10′26″N 0°01′38″W / 42.17389°N 0.02722°W / 42.17389; -0.02722
Country Spain
Autonomous community Aragon
ProvinceHuesca
ComarcaSomontano de Barbastro
Judicial districtBarbastro[1]
Government
 • TypeMayor-council
 • MayorJosé Mariano Altemir Lascorz (PSOE-Aragón)
Area
 • Total32.36 km2 (12.49 sq mi)
Elevation
660 m (2,170 ft)
Population
 (2012)
 • Total301
 • Density9.3/km2 (24/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Alquezrano/a
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
22145
Websitewww.alquezar.org

OverviewEdit

It is located on a limestone outcrop of the Eocene age. Situated at the west of the canyon of the Rio Vero in the Sierra y Cañones de Guara Natural Park. The village grew up around a castle. It has a church of Santa Maria. It was consecrated in 1099.

The name of the village comes from the Arabic word القصر al qaçr . It means fort or castle. It was renamed as Alcazar in Spanish. The castle became the main defense point of the nearby city of Barbastro.

The surrounding place of Somontano is known for its fine wines. There are more than 60 limestone caves with prehistoric cave paintings in the surrounding area. It made the region being declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998.

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