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Sant Adrià de Besòs
—  Municipality  —

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Sant Adrià de Besòs is located in Catalonia
Sant Adrià de Besòs
Location in Catalonia
Coordinates: 41°25′N 2°13′E / 41.417°N 2.217°E / 41.417; 2.217Coordinates: 41°25′N 2°13′E / 41.417°N 2.217°E / 41.417; 2.217
Country  Spain
Community  Catalonia
Province Barcelona
Comarca Barcelonès
 - Mayor
 - Total 3.78 km2 (1.5 sq mi)
Elevation 10 m (33 ft)
Population (2008)
 - Total 33,223
 - Density 8,789.2/km2 (22,763.8/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)

Sant Adrià de Besòs is a city in the comarca of the Barcelonès in Catalonia, Spain. It is situated at the mouth of the Besòs river, exteding to both sides of the estuary. The original settlement with the parish church is on the left bank of the river, in the north of the municipal territory: however the municipality is now a collection of residential and, especially, industrial zones, integrated with the city of Barcelona.

The origins of the town start with the parish church of Sant Adria, which was referred to in 1012, where in about 1092 a priory of Augustinian monks, dependants of Sant Ruf d'Avinyo, was founded. Saint Olegarius (San José María de Porcioles) came to this priory from 1095 to 1108 before becoming the bishop of Barcelona and, later, the archbishop of Tarragona. In 1127 the priory was moved to Santa Maria de Terrassa. Surrounding this church, upon a small hill fourteen metres high, to the west of the River Besòs, is the nucleus of the original village.

Currently, Sant Adrià is a town dominated by the service industry, but with a diverse manufacturing sector (especially in the areas of metal-work, chemistry, and construction) consisting mostly of medium-sized companies.

In 2004, Sant Adrià de Besos was part of the Universal Forum of Cultures.



1900 1930 1950 1970 1986 2001
418 6515 10,227 24,452 34,735 32,845

See also


  • Panareda Clopés, Josep Maria; Rios Calvet, Jaume; Rabella Vives, Josep Maria (1989). Guia de Catalunya, Barcelona:Caixa de Catalunya. ISBN 84-87135-01-3 (Spanish). ISBN 84-87135-02-1 (Catalan).

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