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Sant Cugat del Vallès
—  Municipality  —

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Sant Cugat del Vallès is located in Catalonia
Sant Cugat del Vallès
Location in Catalonia
Coordinates: 41°28′N 2°05′E / 41.467°N 2.083°E / 41.467; 2.083Coordinates: 41°28′N 2°05′E / 41.467°N 2.083°E / 41.467; 2.083
Country  Spain
Community  Catalonia
Province Barcelona
Comarca Vallès Occidental
Government
 - Mayor Lluís Recoder (CiU)
Area
 - Total 48.32 km2 (18.7 sq mi)
Elevation 124 m (407 ft)
Population (2008)
 - Total 76,274
 - Density 1,578.5/km2 (4,088.3/sq mi)
 - Demonym Sancugatenc, Sancugatenca
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Sant Cugat monastery

Sant Cugat del Vallès (pop. 76,274 as of the year 2008) is a town and municipality west of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. In antiquity known as Castrum Octavianum, it is named after Saint Cucuphas, who is said to have been martyred on the spot now occupied by its medieval monastery, which has a Romanesque cloister with many historiated capitals. The altar of the church was painted by Ayne Bru.

Sant Cugat has seen its population increase in recent years, with more births than bigger cities like Barcelona (2004).

The town's other buildings include the School of Architecture of the Vallès and the Centre d'Alt Rendiment (CAR, translit. High Performance Centre), a famous center for professional sport training.

Sant Cugat has become an affluent suburb of Barcelona due to its location (only 5 kilometers from the city), its natural surroundings, and its pedestrian shopping area. Sant Cugat also offers restaurants, a Concert Venue, two movie theaters, and one large shopping mall. It is also a political stronghold for conservative Catalan nationalism, with Convergència i Unió dominating the town's politics.

Sant Cugat has practically merged with the nearby Rubí (population 62,475) and Cerdanyola del Valles (population 58,347).

The town has its own train station with a direct subway connection into downtown Barcelona and the nearby industrial cities of Terrassa and Sabadell.

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Demography

1900 1930 1950 1970 1986 2000
2120 5190 6992 20,490 35,302 52,654

References

  • 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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