33 Facts About Badajoz


Badajoz is the capital of the Province of Badajoz in the autonomous community of Extremadura, Spain.

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Badajoz was conquered by the Moors in the 8th century, and became a Moorish kingdom, the Taifa of Badajoz.

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Badajoz is the see of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Merida-Badajoz.

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The architecture of Badajoz is indicative of its tempestuous history; even the Badajoz Cathedral, built in 1238, resembles a fortress, with its massive walls.

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Badajoz is home to the CD Badajoz and AD Cerro de Reyes football clubs and the AB Pacense basketball club.

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The official foundation of Badajoz was laid by the Muladi nobleman Ibn Marwan, around 875, after he had been expelled from Merida.

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Garci Sanchez de Badajoz, probably his son, was a notable writer, and one of his descendants, Diego Sanchez de Badajoz, was a notable playwright; his Recopilacion en metro was published posthumously in 1554.

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In 1705, during the Spanish War of Succession, Badajoz was controlled by the Allies following the death of the heirless King Charles II.

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The Peace Treaty of Badajoz was signed between Spain and Portugal on 6 June 1801.

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Spanish Civil War in Badajoz in the 1930s was a gruesome affair.

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The troops who committed the killings at Badajoz were under the command of general Juan Yague, who, after the civil war, was appointed Minister of Aviation by Franco.

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Badajoz is located in the southwest of the Iberian Peninsula on the bank of the Guadiana River on the border with Portugal.

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The municipality of Badajoz contains soils derived from tertiary deposits, dating to the Paleozoic era.

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The climate of Badajoz has drastic changes between the summer and winter as seen in the chart below.

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Badajoz was the birthplace of the statesman Manuel de Godoy, the duke of Alcudia .

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Politically, Badajoz belongs to the Spanish Congress Electoral District of Badajoz, which is the largest electoral district about of 52 districts in the Spanish Congress of Deputies in terms of geographical area and includes a significant part of the Extremadura region.

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At the time of the 2011 election, Badajoz had six deputies representing the district in congress, four from the People's Party-United Extremadura party, and two from the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party .

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Badajoz primarily is a commercial city, ranked 25th place in economic importance in Spain according to Spain's Economic Yearbook for 2007, published by Servicio de Estudios de La Caixa.

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The Torre Caja Badajoz is a financial centre that has a building height of 88 metres with 17 floors, now the tallest building in Extremadura.

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The 13th-century Badajoz Cathedral is in the old city and its architecture is indicative of the tempestuous history of Badajoz, resembling a fortress, with its massive walls.

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Badajoz has several municipal libraries serving the city and wider province, including the Biblioteca Publica Municipal A Dominguez, Biblioteca Publica Municipal Bda.

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Badajoz's was buried in the grounds, until moved to the Cripta Real del Monasterio de El Escorial.

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City of Badajoz is home to four bridges, all of which span the Guadiana.

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Puente de la Autonomia Extremena was completed in 1990 and is located upstream of Puente de Palmas, connecting to the major roads which lead to Madrid and to Highway N-435 Badajoz-Fregenal de la Sierra Puente Real is a suspension bridge across the Guadiana, the fourth bridge in the city which was completed in 1994 The foundation stone was laid by the King of Spain in 1992.

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The Institucion Ferial de Badajoz, established in 2006, has not only become an important economic centre but has become a prominent regional cultural centre, and aside from trading it regularly hosts cultural events from horse racing to break dancing to paintballing to Caribbean dancing.

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The principal theatre in Badajoz is the Teatro Lopez de Ayala, a grand white-painted theatre with arched windows with a capacity of 800 seats.

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Badajoz is home to the Universidad de Extremadura Badajoz campus, situated on the west side of the river.

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The university was founded on 4 November 1968, when the Faculty of Badajoz belonging to the University of Seville was established.

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Secondary schools such as the Normal Schools of Education of Caceres and Badajoz were integrated into the university in 1972 following the General Law of Education decree of 1970.

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The Intermediate Technical School of Agricultural Engineering of Badajoz was founded in Badajoz 1968, renamed the College of Agricultural Engineering in 1972.

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Badajoz is the see of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Merida-Badajoz.

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City formerly hosted CD Badajoz, which dissolved in 2012 after finishing the season in Segunda Division B Group 1.

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The hospitals in Badajoz are Hospital Universitario de Badajoz, Hospital Perpetuo Socorro, Hospital Materno Infantil, while clinics include Clinica "Clideba" de Capio, Clinica "Caser" de Capio, and Clinica Extremena de Salud.

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