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Puigcerdà is the capital of the Catalan comarca of Cerdagne, in the Girona province, in Catalonia, Spain, located at 1,202 metres above the sea, by the river Segre, right by the border with France. Population 6,356 (1996).

History

Puigcerdà is located near the site of a Cerretani settlement, which was incorporated into Roman territory. The Roman town was named Julia Libyca.

It was founded in 1177 by King Alfonso I of Aragon, Count of Barcelona. In 1178 it replaced Hix as the capital of Cerdanya. Hix is now a village in the commune of Bourg-Madame, in the French part of Cerdagne.

Puigcerda was unique during the Spanish Civil War in having a democratically elected Anarchist council.

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