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LOGRORO

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Originally appearing in Volume V16, Page 922 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LOGRORO, the capital of the Spanish province of Logrono, on the right bank of the river Ebro and on the Saragossa-Miranda de Ebro railway. Pop. (1900) 19,237• Logrono is an ancient walled town, finely situated on a hill 1204 ft. high. Its bridge of twelve arches across the Ebro was built in 1138, but has frequently been restored after partial destruction by floods. The main street, arcaded on both sides, and the crooked but highly picturesque alleys of the older quarters are in striking contrast with the broad, tree-shaded avenues and squares laid out in modern times. The chief buildings are a bull-ring which accommodates rr,000 spectators, and a church, Santa Maria de Palacio, called " the imperial," from the tradition that its founder was Constantine the Great (274-337). As the commercial centre of the fertile and well-cultivated plain of the Rioja, Logrono has an important trade in: wine. The district of Logrofo was in ancient times inhabited by the Berones or Verones of Strabo and Pliny, and their Varia is to be identified with the modern suburb of the city of Logrono now known as Varea of Barea. Logrono was named by the Romans Juliobriga and afterwards Lucronius. It fell into the hands of the Moors in the 8th century, but was speedily retaken by the Christians, and under the name of Lucronius appears with frequency in medieval history. It was unsuccessfully besieged by the French in 1521, and occupied by them from 18o8 to 1813. It was the birthplace of the dumb painter Juan Fernandez Navarrete (1526–1579).
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