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Tortosa is located in Catalonia
Location in Catalonia
Coordinates: 40°48′46″N 0°31′24″E / 40.81278°N 0.52333°E / 40.81278; 0.52333Coordinates: 40°48′46″N 0°31′24″E / 40.81278°N 0.52333°E / 40.81278; 0.52333
Country  Spain
Community  Catalonia
Province Tarragona
Comarca Baix Ebre
 - Mayor Ferran Bel i Accensi
 - Total 218.45 km2 (84.3 sq mi)
Elevation 12 m (39 ft)
Population (2007)
 - Total 34,832
 - Density 159.45/km2 (413/sq mi)
 - Demonym Tortosí, tortosina
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Ebre river in Tortosa

Tortosa (Latin: Dertusa or Dertosa, Arabic: طرطوشة Ṭurṭūšah) is the capital of the comarca of Baix Ebre, in the province of Tarragona, in Catalonia, Spain, located at 12 metres above the sea, by the Ebre river. Population 34,832 (2007).



After more than four hundred years of Muslim rule, the city was conquered by the Count Ramon Berenguer IV of Barcelona in 1148, as part of the Second Crusade. Because of the Crusading appeal made by Pope Eugenius III and his representative Nicholas Brakespear (the future Pope Hadrian IV), the siege received the aid of crusaders from multiple nationalities (Genovese, Anglo-Normans, Normans, Southern-French, Germans, Flemish and Dutch), who were on their way to the Holy Land. The siege of Tortosa was narrated by the Genovese chronicler and diplomat Caffaro. After its conquest the city and its territory was divided among the victors, with multiple lands being granted to foreign crusaders and to the military and religious orders.[1]




Demographic evolution of Tortosa between 1991 and 2004
1991 1996 2001 2004
29,452 30,088 28,933 31,979

See also


  1. ^ Lucas Villegas-Aristizabal, "Anglo-Norman involvement in the conquest of Tortosa and Settlement of Tortosa, 1148-1180", Crusades 8 (2009), pp. 63-129.

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(1946-) Tortosa

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