Alpandeire

Alpandeire
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The present-day village dates back to the 8th century, Alpandeire being one of the first towns fortified by the Moslems in the Serrania de Ronda region.

The layout of its streets still reflects the influence of Andalusi-Arabic culture, and particularly impressive for the visitor is the large nave of Saint Anthony of Padua Church, which dates back to the 18th century.

The echoes of stories of bandits still resound throughout these lands and lie halfway between truth and legend. Alpandeire is the birthplace of one of the best-known and most bloodthirsty bandits in the Ronda mountains, Antonio Barbarán Jiménez, alias "El Barbarán". He was active around these parts in the first half of the 19th century, and led a band of about a dozen outlaws.

Alpandeire has become a meeting and pilgrimage point for many people wishing to visit the birthplace of Brother Leopold of Alpandeire (1864-1956), a Capuchin almoner renowned in Andalusia, whose beatification has been in progress since 1961.

History

Human presence in Alpandeire's municipal area dates back to prehistoric times, as witnessed by archaeological findings at Cerro de Castillejos and the interesting Calcolithic dolmens discovered in the Encinas Borrachas area.

The present-day village dates back to 711, being one of the first in the Serrania de Ronda mountain range to be fortified by the Moslems. Hamet el Zegri later took refuge in the castle, from where he monitored attacks on Ronda.

After the expulsion of the morsicos (Moslem converts to Christianity) in the mid 16th century, the village and the surrounding area were left practically abandoned, and Philip III was forced to issue a decree ordering the repopulation of Alpandeire as well as its dependencies, Pospitar and Audalazar.

One famous figure born in the village was Brother Leopold of Alpandeire (1864-1956), whose real name was Francisco Tomas de San Juan Bautista Marquez Sanchez. He rose to fame in the whole of Andalusia as a Capuchin almoner, living the final years of his life in Granada, where his mortal remains lie in the crypt of the Capuchin Church. Moves to beatify him began in 1961.

Eminent citizens
Antonio Barbaran Jimenez, alias "El Barbarán", leader of a well-known band of highwaymen, killed in a clash with the militia in 1851.
Leopold of Alpandeire, monk, (1864-1956). Currently in the process of being beatified.

Alpandeire
Municipio
Alpandeire
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Alpandeire
Tourist area
Distance to the capital (km)
121
Altitude above sea level (m)
700
Extension (Km 2 )
31
No. of Inhabitants
271
Demonym
Panditos
Postal Code
29460
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