Olite

Olite (Erriberri in Basque language) is a town and municipality located in the Comarca de Tafalla comarca, Merindad de Olite merindad, in Navarre, Spain.

Olite / Erriberri


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Olite / Erriberri
Location of Olite within Spain / Navarre
Olite / Erriberri
Olite / Erriberri (Navarre)
Coordinates: 42°29′15″N 1°39′45″W
Country Spain
Autonomous Community Navarre
MerindadMerindad de Olite
ComarcaComarca de Tafalla
MancomunidadMairaga
MunicipalityOlite/Erriberri
Government
  MayorAndoni Lacarra (Agrupemos Olite - Erriberri Elkartu)
Area
  Total83.20 km2 (32.12 sq mi)
Elevation
388 m (1,273 ft)
Population
 (2018)[1]
  Total3,931
  Density47/km2 (120/sq mi)
Demonym(s)olitense; olitejo (a); erriberritar
Websitewww.olite.es

According to Isidore of Seville's Historia de regibus Gothorum, Vandalorum et Suevorum, the town of Oligicus was founded by Swinthila, Visigothic King of Hispania (621-631) in order to control and punish the Vascones. However, this town was not heard of again until five centuries later, when the present-day town was founded and chartered. The Palacio Real de Olite, a fine Gothic castle-palace, was the royal seat of Charles III of Navarre.

Twin towns - sister cities

Town State/Region Country
Arthez-de-Béarn Pyrénées-Atlantiques  France
Sauveterre-de-Guyenne  Gironde  France[2]

References

Bibliography

  • Alejandro Díez. Olite, historia de un reino. Gráficas Lizarra. 1984.
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