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Loja
—  Municipality  —

Coat of arms
Location of Loja
Loja is located in Spain
Loja
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 37°10′N 04°9′W / 37.167°N 4.15°W / 37.167; -4.15Coordinates: 37°10′N 04°9′W / 37.167°N 4.15°W / 37.167; -4.15
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Andalusia
Province Granada
Comarca Loja
Judicial district Loja
Founded 9th century BC
Government
 - Alcalde Miguel Castellano Gámez (2007) (PSOE)
Area
 - Total 454.7 km2 (175.6 sq mi)
Elevation 448 m (1,470 ft)
Population (2008)
 - Total 22,137
 Density 48.7/km2 (126.1/sq mi)
 - Demonym Lojeño, -ña
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 18300
Official language(s)
Website Official website

Loja is a town in southern Spain, situated at the western limit of the province of Granada. It is surrounded by the so-called Sierras de Loja, of which the highest peak, Sierra Gorda, stands 1,671 metres above sea-level. Formerly the Moorish town of Medina Lawsa, Loja was captured by the Christians in 1486, during the reconquista. Isabella of Castile called it the "flower among thorns". The town's Islamic heritage is still evident in the quarter of the alcazaba.

Fuente de la Mora also know as 'los venticinco canos' and translates as 'the fountain of the Moorish maiden' is a fountain where waters from different springs are made to flow from twenty-five tubes.

References

Days in the Sun by Martin Andersen Nexo published 1929

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