Sant Cugat del Vallès
|o Mayor||Mireia Ingla Mas (2020) (ERC)|
|o Total||48.2 km2 (18.6 sq mi)|
|Elevation||124 m (407 ft)|
|o Density||1,900/km2 (4,900/sq mi)|
Sant Cugat del Vallès (Catalan pronunciation: ['sa? ku'?ad d?l 's]) (pop. 89,516 in 2017) is a town and municipality north of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. Known as Castrum Octavianum in antiquity (which literally means the castle of Octavianus) and as Pins del Vallès during the Second Spanish Republic, it is named after Saint Cucuphas, who is said to have been martyred on the spot now occupied by its medieval monastery. The final part of its toponym, del Vallès, is a reference to the historical county where the town is situated, Vallès.
In addition to the monastery, the town's other notable buildings include the School of Architecture of the Vallès and the Centre d'Alt Rendiment (CAR, translit. High Performance Centre), a famous centre for professional sport training.
Sant Cugat has become an affluent suburb of Barcelona due to its location (only 20 kilometres from the city), its natural surroundings, and its pedestrian shopping area. Sant Cugat also offers restaurants, a concert venue, two cinemas, and one large shopping centre. It is also a political stronghold for conservative Catalan nationalism, with Convergència i Unió dominating the town's politics for 32 years up until 2019 when Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya took control of the City Council with the support of other political forces (PSC and CUP).
Sant Cugat has seen its population increase in recent years, with more births than bigger cities like Barcelona (2004). It has also practically merged with the nearby Rubí (population 72,987) and Cerdanyola del Vallès (population 58,747).
These are some of the main sights of the municipality:
There are some districts, villages and towns in this municipality such as Mira-sol with 14,474 inhabitants; Valldoreix, which has a population of 8,272; La Floresta, which has 4,553 inhabitants, and Les Planes, which is inhabited by 1,290 people.
This table below shows the population of the municipality over the 20th century and the early 21st century.
National Archive of Catalonia is in the commune.
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The main secondary schools in Sant Cugat are IES Angeleta Ferrer i Sensat de Sant Cugat and the Institut Joaquima Pla i Farreras.
The Japanese School of Barcelona, a Japanese international school, is located in the commune. The Hoshuko Barcelona Educación Japonesa/Escuela de Educación Japonesa en Barcelona ( Baruserona Hosh?k?), a weekend supplementary Japanese school, holds its classes in the Japanese School of Barcelona building.
The European school of Barcelona (IES) is an international school focusing on international languages from outside Spain. Some of the most popular languages studied there are English, French and Chinese.
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A number of entities and clubs that promote traditional Catalan Culture exist. Among them,
Moreover, Sant Cugat is home to several museums, including the Museu de Sant Cugat, located at the Monastery, centred on the history of the town.