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Alcorcón

Alcorcón
Parque de las Comunidades
Parque de las Comunidades
Flag of Alcorcón
Flag
Coat of arms of Alcorcón
Coat of arms
Alcorcón is located in Spain
Alcorcón
Location in Spain
Coordinates:
Country Spain
Region Madrid
Comarca Madrid metropolitan area
Founded 13th century
Government
 • Mayor David Pérez (PP)
Area
 • Total 33.7 km2 (13.0 sq mi)
Elevation 695 m (2,280 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 168,299
 • Density 5,000/km2 (13,000/sq mi)
Demonym(s) alcorconero, -ra (es)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 28921–28925
Area code(s) +34 (ES) + 91 (M)
Website Official website

Alcorcón (Spanish pronunciation: ) is a city in the south-west of the Madrid metropolitan area, Spain. As of 2010, it had a population of 168,229.[1]

The site appears to have been inhabited since prehistoric times. The name is of Arabic origin, but little is known of Alcorcón before the Reconquista. An early written reference to Alcorcón is in a medieval document that dates from 28 July 1208. Alcorcón has a small historic centre (including the church of Santa María la Blanca), which is protected as an "archaeological zone".[2] The centre is surrounded by modern developments, as Alcorcón has been growing rapidly in recent times due to migration from other parts of Spain and Latin America.

Alcorcón has two hospitals, the Fundación Hospital de Alcorcón (which is state owned, but run privately), and the Hospital Sur Madrid (a totally private hospital). The Alcorcón campus of the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos teaches health-related courses.

The city is home to the football team Agrupación Deportiva de Alcorcón that plays Segunda División. And also Trival Valderas that plays Tercera División. In addition Club Atlético de Madrid is going to build training facilities in the north of the municipality.

In February 2013, it was announced that Eurovegas would be built in Alcorcón.[3] However, in December 2013 the Eurovegas project was officially canceled and it will not be established anywhere in Europe.[4]

Contents

  • Transport 1
  • Twin towns 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Transport

Alcorcón is linked to Madrid by Metro Line 10 and Line 12, Cercanías line C-5 and several buses.

Twin towns

References

  1. ^ List of Spanish municipalities by population as of 1st January 2007 (INE)
  2. ^ Database of protected buildings (movable and non-movable) of the Ministry of Culture of Spain (Spanish).
  3. ^ "Spain's Alcorcon town chosen for EuroVegas resort". 8 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Tobias Buck (Madrid) (13 Dec 2013). "Sheldon Adelson cancels $30bn Eurovegas project in Spain". Financial Times (London). Retrieved 13 Dec 2013. 

External links

  • Official website


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