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Lleida

Administration
Full nameLleida
Other nameLérida
Settlement typeMunicipality
CountrySpain
Autonomous communityCatalonia
ProvinceLleida
ComarcaSegrià
Founded6th century BC
Government
TypeMayor-Council
MayorAngel Ros i Domingo
Geography
Total Area81.7 sq mi (211.7 km2)
Elevation508.5 ft (155 m)
Demography
Total Population137387 (2010)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Metro (pop.)250000
Other information
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
- Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code25001-25007
Area code34 (Spain) + 973 (Lleida)
Official language(s)Catalan, Spanish

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Lleida (-caˈʎɛjðə, -caˈʎejðɛlocal; ) is a city in the west of Catalonia, Spain. It is the capital city of the province of Lleida, as well as the largest city in the province and it had 137,387 inhabitants , including the contiguous municipalities of Raimat and Sucs. The metro area has about 250,000 inhabitants. It is also the capital city of the Segrià comarca.

Lleida is one of the oldest towns in Catalonia, with recorded settlements dating back to the Bronze Age period. Until the Roman conquest of the Iberian Peninsula, the area served as a settlement for an Iberian people, the Ilergetes. The town became a municipality, named Ilerda, under the reign of Augustus. It was reconquered in 1149, after being many centuries under the rule of the Moors, who had conquered the town in the 8th century. In 1297, the University of Lleida was founded, becoming the third oldest in the whole Spain. During the following centuries, the town was damaged by several wars such as the Reapers' War in the 17th century and the Spanish Civil War in the 20th century. Since then, the city has been in a constant urban, commercial and demographic growth.


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