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Valencia, Spain

Full nameValencia
Native nameValència/Valencia
Autonomous CommunityValencian Community
Founded137 BC
TypeMayor-council government
BodyAjuntament de Valéncia
MayorRita Barberá
Total Area52 sq mi (134.65 km2)
Elevation49.2 ft (15 m)
Total Population809267 (2010)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)1,175,000 to 1,564,145
Metro (pop.)1,705,742 to 2,300,000
Demonymvalencià (m), valenciana (f)
valenciano (m), valenciana (f)
Other information
Time zoneCET (GMT +1) (UTC)
- Summer (DST)CEST (GMT +2) (UTC)

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Valencia (-esbaˈlenθjalang) or València (-cavaˈlensialangva) is the most populous city of the Autonomous Community of Valencia and the third largest city in Spain, with a population of 809,267 in 2010. It is the 15th-most populous municipality in the European Union. About 1,175,000 or 1,564,145 people live in the Valencia urban area and 1,705,742 or 2,300,000 in the Valencia metropolitan area.

It is integrated into an industrial area on the Costa del Azahar. Its main festival, the Falles, is known worldwide, while the traditional dish, paella, originated in the Valencian Community.

The city contains a dense monumental heritage, including the Llotja de la Seda (World Heritage Site since 1996), but its landmark is undoubtedly the City of Arts and Sciences, an avant-garde and futuristic museum complex.

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