Benamocarra

Benamocarra
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A small village near Vélez, whose valley it overlooks from its position atop a low ridge surrounded by olive and almond trees, and vineyards, as well as orchards and fields of sub-tropical crops.

It was the birthplace of don Eduardo Ocón, Malaga's best-known and most illustrious musician.

History

The village is of Arabic origin, as suggested by its name, derived from Banu Mukarram, meaning "the tribe of Mukarram", probably a Berber people.

It was conquered by Ferdinand the Catholic in the wake of the capture of Velez Malaga in 1487. In the years following the conquest, coexistence between Christian settlers and Moslems was uneasy.

After the expulsion of the moriscos (Moslem converts to Christianity) in the second half of the 16th century, the village was repopulated with Old Christians from Puente Genil, Estepa, Antequera and other locations.

Eminent citizens
Eduardo Ocon Rivas (1833- 1901), a composer who, in addition to writing music, was also the organist at Malaga Cathedral and head director of the Higher Music Conservatoire in the same city.
Francisco Lopez Sanchez, who became Bishop of Huamanga, a dependency of the archdiocese of Lima, Peru.

Benamocarra
Municipio
Benamocarra
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Benamocarra
Tourist area
Distance to the capital (km)
35
Altitude above sea level (m)
145
Extension (Km 2 )
6
No. of Inhabitants
3061
Demonym
Benamocarreños
Postal Code
29719
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