Ejea de los Caballeros

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Ejea de los Caballeros (commonly known simply as Ejea) is a town and municipality in the province of Zaragoza, part of the autonomous community of Aragon, Spain. It is one of the five main towns in the Comarca de las Cinco Villas or "shire of the Five Villages". The eponymous five villages are Ejea de los Caballeros itself, Sos del Rey Católico, Uncastillo, Sadaba and Tauste.

History

The town joined the medieval Kingdom of Aragon in the year 1105 during the Spanish Reconquista and Muslim rule in the region was falling back. The town retains many medieval buildings, such as the church of Santa María de la Corona, the church of San Salvador (Romanesques-Gothics) and the Church of our Lady the Virgin of the Olive (Nuestra Señora la Virgen de la Oliva). The main local fiesta honours the Virgin of the Olive, the local saint. In June, it's also celebrated the patron saint, Saint John the Baptist, in a medieval way. Another local festival commemorates The Vote Day (January 14th), an event during the black plague, when the townsfolk voted for the bringing of the Virgin of the Olive across the town to worship her. The plague is purported to have ended that day in Ejea de los Caballeros.

As of 2007, the mayor of Ejea de los Caballeros is Francisco Javier Lambán Montañés, from the political party PSOE.

Villages

The municipality of Ejea de los Caballeros comprises nine different centres of population:

Rivas and Farasdués are two historic villages that have been dependencies of Ejea for decades. The other six centres were built in the nineteen fifties and sixties in order to settle inhabitants and farmers to grow irrigation crops because of the building of Yesa reservoir and Bardenas irrigation channel that brought water to this villages, among others (Sadaba, Tauste, etc). Coordinates: 42°08′N 1°08′W / 42.133°N 1.133°W / 42.133; -1.133

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