Alburquerque, Badajoz

Alburquerque Spanish pronunciation: [alβurˈkerke] is a town in the province of Badajoz in Spain. It has 5,600 inhabitants. It is very close to the border with Portugal and was an ancient dominion of the kings of this country. The origin of the name of the town is uncertain. It is believed to stem from Latin, alba quercus, or "the white oak".[1] Another theory suggests that it may come from the Arabic Abu al-Qurq, which means "father of the cork [oak]".

The titles of Lord of Alburquerque (de Meneses) and later Count of Alburquerque (de Castilla) and Duke of Alburquerque (de La Cueva) were important in Castile in the Middle Ages, see e.g. Sancho Alfonso, 1st Count of Alburquerque.

Its sister city of Albuquerque in the United States takes its name from this town (but note the spelling difference: the lack of the 'r' after the first 'u').

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Fortified town of Alburquerque. Alain Manesson Mallet: Travaux de Mars ou l'Art de la Guerre.
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Town
Alburquerque in 2005
Alburquerque in 2005
Coat of arms of Alburquerque
Coat of arms
Alburquerque is located in Extremadura
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Location of Alburquerque within Extremadura
Alburquerque is located in Spain
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Alburquerque (Spain)
Coordinates: 39°13′9″N 7°00′4″W / 39.21917°N 7.00111°W
Country  Spain
Autonomous Community  Extremadura
Province  Badajoz
Comarca Tierra de Badajoz
Government
 • Mayor Ángel Vadillo Espino (PSOE)
Area
 • Total 723 km2 (279 sq mi)
Elevation(AMSL) 506 m (1,660 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 5,587
 • Density 7.7/km2 (20/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (GMT +2) (UTC+2)
Postal code 06510
Area code(s) +34 (Spain) + 924 (Badajoz)
Website www.alburquerque.es

References

  1. ^ "Albuquerque". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 23 April 2013.

Coordinates: 39°13′N 7°00′W / 39.217°N 7.000°W


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