Lleida

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Lleida (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈʎɛjðə], locally: [ˈʎejðɛ]. Spanish: Lérida [ˈleɾiða]) is a city in the west of Catalonia, Spain. It is the capital city of the province of the same name, as well as the largest city in that province and it had 135,919 inhabitants as of 2009, including the contiguous municipalities of Raimat and Sucs. It is also the capital city of the Segrià comarca.

Lleida is one of the oldest towns in Catalonia, with recorded settlements dating back to the Bronze Age period. Until the roman conquest of the Iberian Peninsula, the area served as a settlement for the Iberian people Ilergetes. The town became a municipality, named Ilerda, under the reign of Augustus. It was reconquered in 1149, after being many centuries under the rule of the Moors, who had conquered the town in the 8th century. In 1297, the University of Lleida was founded, becoming the third oldest in the whole Spain. During the following centuries, the town was damaged by several wars such as the Reapers' War in the 17th century or the Spanish Civil War in the 20th century. Since then, the city has been in a constant urban, commercial and demographic growth.

Lleida has a continental climate, with cold and foggy winters due to its inland location, and hot and dry summers. Its average temperature ranges from 26 °C in summer to 7 °C degrees in winter.

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