Alcaraz


Alcaraz is a municipality of Spain located in the province of Albacete, Castilla–La Mancha.[2] The municipality spans across a total area of 370.53 km2.[2] The locality lies at 953 metres above mean sea level.[3]

Alcaraz
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Alcaraz
Location in Spain
Alcaraz
Alcaraz (Castilla-La Mancha)
Coordinates: 38°40′5″N 2°39′34″W
CountrySpain
Autonomous communityCastilla–La Mancha
ProvinceAlbacete
Area
  Total370.53 km2 (143.06 sq mi)
Elevation
953 m (3,127 ft)
Population
 (2018)[1]
  Total1,405
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
02300
Dialing code(+34) 967 38 ** **
WebsiteOfficial website

History


The town was granted the status of city in 1429, by means of the concession of a royal privilege.[4] The urban oligarchy controlling political power and riches in the later middle ages was formed by a mix of the nobleza hidalga (descended of caballeros villanos [es]) and the so-called caballeros cuantiosos.[5] The Alcaraz's extensive municipal territory during the middle ages had decreased fivefold by the end of the 16th century, after the emancipation of several hamlets, and it was further decimated in the ensuing years.[6]

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