Palencia

Palencia

[puh-len-shuh; Spanish pah-len-thyah]
noun
a city in Castilla y León, N Spain.
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Palencia (Spanish paˈlenθia)
 
n
a city in N central Spain: earliest university in Spain (1208); seat of Castilian kings (12th--13th centuries); communications centre. Pop: 81 378 (2003 est)

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palencia

provincia (province) in the Castile-Leon comunidad autonoma (autonomous community), northern Spain. It is bounded by the provinces of Cantabria to the north, Burgos to the east, Valladolid to the south and west, and Leon to the west. It was formed in 1833. The north is traversed by the Cantabrian Mountains, rising to 8,268 feet (2,520 metres) at Curavacas peak. The remainder of Palencia, the fertile Campos Plain, belongs to the great Castilian tableland. The principal rivers are the Pisuerga and Carrion. Minerals have been found in the mountains, but only coal and small quantities of copper are mined. The Castilla Canal (built 1753-1832), on which the provincial capital, Palencia city, is located, connects the province with Valladolid and is used for irrigation as well as transport.

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