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Cardona, Spain

Cardona
Municipality
Cardona from the air
Cardona from the air
Coat of arms of Cardona
Coat of arms
Cardona is located in Catalonia
Cardona
Location in Catalonia
Coordinates:
Country Spain
Community  Catalonia
Province Barcelona
Comarca Bages
Government
 • Mayor Ferran Estruch Torrents
Area
 • Total 66.38 km2 (25.63 sq mi)
Elevation 506 m (1,660 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 5,187
 • Density 78/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Website Official website

Cardona is a town ìn Catalonia, Spain, in the province of Barcelona; about 90 km (56 mi) northwest of the city of Barcelona, on a hill almost surrounded by the river Cardoner, a branch of the Llobregat. To the east of the town, the river has been diverted through a tunnel has been dug through a spur, leaving a loop of dry river bed near the saltmine.

Rock salt mine in Cardona

Near the town is an extensive deposit of rock salt. The salt forms a mountain mass (called Muntanya de Sal) covered by a thick bed of a reddish-brown clay, and apparently resting on a yellowish-grey sandstone. It is generally more or less translucent, and large masses of it are quite transparent. The hill has been worked like a mine since Roman times; pieces cut from it have been carved by artists in Cardona into images, crucifixes and many articles of an ornamental kind.

Contents

  • Main sights 1
  • Local festivals 2
  • Notes 3
  • Twin towns 4
  • Bibliography 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Main sights

  • The Castle of Cardona, which is set high on a hill and contains a Parador hotel.
  • The 14th-century Romanesque Church of St. Vincenç.
  • The Church of Sant Miquel, built in the 11th century and rebuilt in the 14th century in Gothic style. It houses a precious polyptych by Pere Vall, depicting St. Anne, the Virgin and St. Amador, and a 15th-century baptismal font.


Panoramic view of the village, from near the castle

Local festivals

  • Caramelles: The Sunday of Passover
  • Mercat de la ganga: The first Sunday of February
  • Fira de Pentecostés: The first Sunday of June
  • Fira de la Llenega: The last Sunday of October
  • Festa Major: The second last weekend in September
  • Aplec de Cardona: 18 September
  • Oktoberfest

Notes

The movie Chimes at Midnight, by Orson Welles, was filmed at the castle in Cardona.

Twin towns

Bibliography

  •  
  • Pedrosa, Andreu (2001). The Castle of Cardona. Sant Vincenç de Castellet: Farell. ISBN 84-930418-8-2
  • Panareda Clopés, Josep Maria; Rios Calvet, Jaume; Rabella Vives, Josep Maria (1989). Guia de Catalunya, Barcelona:Caixa de Catalunya. ISBN 84-87135-01-3 (Spanish). ISBN 84-87135-02-1 (Catalan).

References

  1. ^ General Consul of Uruguay in Barcelona (4 February 2010). "Hermanamiento Cardona Catalana y Uruguaya". Retrieved 7 May 2011. 

External links

  • Official site (in Catalan)
  • Associació Cultural El Mercat del Blat (Cultural Association of Cardona)
  • Associació Cultural 18 de Setembre (Cultural Association of Cardona)
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