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Huelva City - Five Fascinating Facts

The rich mineral wealth of Huelva.
The rich mineral wealth of Huelva.

Huelva City - Five Fascinating Facts

Huelva has always been known more for the beaches in the surrounding area, than for the city itself. Known by the Phoenicians as Onuba, it has a long history, closely linked to the sea and nearby mineral riches, and apart from the less attractive industrial port area, has some interesting sights, although many monuments were destroyed in the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. The city is closely associated with Columbus, who sailed to the Americas from nearby, and you can visit his favourite virgin in her chapel. In the nineteenth century, British mining companies brought an era of great wealth to the city. Today Huelva's main industry is petrochemicals, with fishing its second source of income.

 

 

The British engineers and miners who worked in the 19th and 20th centuries wanted to make themselves a home-from-home. So they built English-style houses complete with front gardens, right in the… More →

The whole of Huelva, both city and immediately surrounding area, is imbued with the spirit of Cristobal Colon and his voyages to America. You can visit the monastery in La Rabida where he stayed… More →

As well as building impressive new residential areas, theatres and railways (see Fact 1), the British Rio Tinto mine workers (see Fact 1), who lived in and near Huelva, had a profound and lasting… More →

Returning to the omnipresent theme of Sr Colon, visitors to Huelva will find a host of modern-day monuments to the revered explorer. American sculptor Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's 37-metre Cubist… More →

Juan Ramon Jimenez, author of the hugely popular Platero y yo, prolific poet, and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1956, was born just outside Huelva. Controversially, he wrote erotic… More →

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