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Encyclopedia > Ourense (province)
Map of Ourense
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Ourense ( This article is about the international language known as Spanish. For other languages spoken in Spain see Languages of Spain. Spanish or Castilian is an Iberian Romance language, and the third or fourth most spoken language in the world. It is spoken as a first language by about 352 million... Castilian, Ourense) is a In addition to its seventeen autonomous communities, Spain is divided into fifty provinces. Formerly of greater importance, since the arrival of the autonomous community system the provinces have had fewer powers. They are still used as electoral districts, in postal addresses, and as geographical referents. (A small town would be... province of northwestern The Kingdom of Spain or Spain ( Spanish: Reino de España or España; Catalan: Regne dEspanya; Basque: Espainiako Erresuma; Galician: Reino da España) is a country located in the southwest of Europe. It shares the Iberian Peninsula with Portugal, Gibraltar and Andorra. To the... Spain, in the southeastern part of the Spains fifty provinces (provincias) are grouped into seventeen autonomous communities (comunidades aut nomas), in addition to two African autonomous cities (ciudades aut nomas) (Ceuta and Melilla). Formation and Powers Centralism, nationalism and separatism played an important role in the Spanish transition. For fear that separatism would lead to instability... autonomous community of Motto: Galiza Ceibe Capital Santiago de Compostela Official languages Galician and Castilian Area  – Total  – % of Spain Ranked 7th  29 574 km²  5,8% Population  – Total (2003)  – % of Spain  – Density Ranked 5th  2 737 370  6,5... Galicia. It is bordered by the provinces of Categories: Spain geography stubs | Galicia (Spain) | Provinces of Spain ... Pontevedra in the west, Categories: Spain geography stubs | Galicia (Spain) | Provinces of Spain ... Lugo in the north, Categories: Spain geography stubs | Castile-Leon | Provinces of Spain ... León and Categories: Spain geography stubs | Castile-Leon | Provinces of Spain ... Zamora in the east, and by The Republic of Portugal (República Portuguesa), or Portugal, is a democratic republic located on the west and southwest parts of the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe; it is the westernmost country in continental Europe. Portugal is bordered by Spain to the north and east and by the Atlantic... Portugal in the south. With an area of 7,278 square km it is the only landlocked province in Galicia.


Ourense is surrounded by mountains on all sides. These mountains have isolated the province from the more populated coast and the fertile lands of the central meseta. Until a modern highway was built in recent years linking Ourense with Vigo in the west and Benavente in the east, the only viable way for people to enter or leave the province was by railroad. Even along the southern border with Portugal, mountains have kept the two cultures relatively separated. Only through the valley of Chaves has there been a historical entryway into Portugal.

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The old monastery of Las Ermitas, located near Viana do Bolo, Province of Ourense (Photo by Ray Vogensen)

The principal river system is the Miño-Sil, the fertile valleys of which produce corn (maize) and grapes for wine. Due to the many rapids these rivers are not navegable, but they have been harnessed for hydroelectric power. The Sil flows through a deep canyon and has become a sought-after tourist site for its river cruises and spectacular views.


The Limia (in Portugal called Lima) is an important river that begins north of Xinzo da Limia and flows south towards Portugal. The Tâmega, another important Portuguese river begins north of Verín.


The mountainous terrain and isolatation have kept the province economically backward and caused massive emigration to the rest of Spain and to the New World. There is some wine production along the Miño valley and near Verín. There is also considerable pig breeding and potato growing, especially around the area of Xinzo da Limia, in the drained lakebed of Antela, which until the 1960s was the larges fresh-water lake in Spain.


Industries include chemical manufacture, milk production, water bottling near Verín, and clothing manufacture near the capital city of Ourense. One of the largest poultry processing companies is also located in the industrial zone near that city.


Although not a major tourist center, tourism contributes somewhat to the economy: the spectacular scenery of the river valleys attract holidaymakers, there are several preserved medieval towns (Allariz and Ribadavia), and Manzaneda, north of Ourense, is the site of one of Spain's better winter skiing resorts.


The provincial capital, Orense, is the only large centre, and the population of the province is predominantly rural.


Of the province's population of 343,768 (2002), three-tenths live in the capital Ourense. There are 92 municipalities in Ourense. Other than the capital the most important are Verín, The town of Ribadavia (town pop. 3,365, municipality 6,612, area of municipality 20.2 km²) is located in the southwest of the province of Ourense, Autonomous Community of Galicia, Spain. The urban area lies on the right bank of the Miño (see Portuguese Minho) and the last... Ribadavia, The town (concello) of Allariz is in the province of Ourense, Autonomous Community of Galicia, Spain. It occupies the center of the western half of the province, connecting with the towns (concellos) of Taboadela, Paderne, Sandiás, Vilar de Santos, Rairiz de Veiga, Xunqueira de Ambía, A Merca and... Allariz, A Rua, Carballiño, and Xinzo de Limia (elevation 620 metres; population 3,912 hab.), is a town in the province of Ourense, Autonomous Community of Galicia, Spain. It lies on the important Autovia das Rias Baixas in the fertile valley of Antela, approximately 33 km from Verín and 43 km from Ourense. The... Xinzo de Limia.


See also

  • This is a list of the municipalities in the province of Ourense in the autonomous community of Galicia, Spain. See also Geography of Spain List of cities in Spain Categories: Lists of municipalities in Spain ... List of municipalities in Ourense

External links

  • Ourenet: el buscador de la provincia de Ourense (http://www.arrakis.es/%7Ediegoi/)
  • Ourense Natural: Broma o Realidad (http://www.arrakis.es/~sloren/)


 
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Encyclopedia: Ourense (province) (2409 words)
The population of the province is 1,557,968 (2002).
It is bordered by the provinces of Salamanca, Ávila, Toledo, and Badajoz, and by Portugal.
It is bordered by the provinces of Vizcaya, Álava, and Navarre, and by...
Ourense - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (735 words)
Ourense (Galician: Ourense; Spanish: Orense) is a town in northwestern Spain, the capital of the province of Ourense in Galicia.
Its population of 109,001 (2002) constitutes 30% of the population of the province.
After the Romans, Ourense was part of the Suebi (Suevi) kingdom during most of the 5th, 6th, and 7th centuries and was destroyed by the Moors in 716.
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