Theme Week Castile-La Mancha – Guadalajara

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Calle Mayor © Pavlemadrid/cc-by-sa-2.5

Calle Mayor © Pavlemadrid/cc-by-sa-2.5

Guadalajara is a city and municipality in the natural region of La Alcarria. It is the capital of the province of Guadalajara. It is located roughly 60 kilometres (37 miles) northeast of Madrid on the Henares River, and has a population of 85,000.

The town of Guadalajara was founded by the Andalusians in the 8th century. They named it Wadi-al-Hejara, meaning “Valley of Stones”; in theory the literal translation of the Iberian name (Arriaca), meaning “Stony River”. The history of the town during the Al-Andalus period was significant. They built monuments including the Moorish Bridge over the Henares River, the now ruined old Alcázar (Arabic for “palace”), and a mosque which later became the Cathedral of St. Mary.

Town Hall © Pavlemadrid/cc-by-sa-2.5 Sports Center © Sonsaz/cc-by-sa-3.0 Provincial Govern Palace of Guadalajara © Sonsaz/cc-by-sa-3.0 Market Hall © Pavlemadrid/cc-by-sa-2.5 Calle Mayor © Pavlemadrid/cc-by-sa-2.5 Calle Mayor © Pavlemadrid/cc-by-sa-2.5
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Provincial Govern Palace of Guadalajara © Sonsaz/cc-by-sa-3.0
Nowadays, Guadalajara is involved in urban development plans that are quickly increasing the population of the city. New districts like Aguas Vivas (Live Waters) have recently been inaugurated. Ciudad Valdeluz was planned to increase the number of inhabitants of Guadalajara by 30,000, creating a whole brand new city around the AVE Station (Spanish High-Speed Trains). The recent town-plannings have dramatically increased the cost of the new houses, changing in the last 10 years of being one of the cheapest provinces in Spain for house-buying to be the 3rd province in Spain with most expensive square meter.

The districts of Iriépal, Taracena, Usanos and Valdenoches are small agricultural districts, primarily dependent on the economic activity of Guadalajara and with little historical architecture, usually just a modest medieval or modern church. Thus, in Iriépal there is the Concepción church, constructed in the 16th century, which is known for its Mudejar tower. In Taracena there is the 17th century Church of the Immaculate, in a very simple Renaissance style. In Usanos, there is the 13th century Romanesque church of the Assumption, considerably remodeled in later periods and which features a crenellated tower. Throughout all the villages there are examples of Castilian mansions, quite modest compared to those in the cities. Of note also is Villaflores, a farming village built in 1887, designed by Ricardo Velázquez Bosco and commissioned to Maria Diega Desmaissières.

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