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Teruel

Teruel (tĕrwĕlˈ) [key], town (1990. pop. 28,488), capital of Teruel prov., E central Spain, in Aragón, at the confluence of the Guadalaviar and Alfambra rivers. The city is an agricultural trade center; the province has iron and coal mines and sulfur, zinc, and manganese deposits. Tourism has become important. The center of bitter fighting in the Spanish civil war of 1936–39, it was largely destroyed, but has been rebuilt. There are a Renaissance cathedral, a Gothic church, and an imposing two-storied aqueduct (16th cent.). The "lovers of Teruel" (13th cent.) are buried in the San Pedro cloisters.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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