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Cervera is the capital of the comarca of Segarra, in the province of Lleida, Catalonia, Spain.

It was the site of the Universitat de Barcelona for some 150 years after the War of the Spanish Succession. The urban legend says that the new king Philip V wanted to reward the town for its fidelity to his party, so asked the town principals what sort of recompense they wished for. They replied they wanted a sea port (the province is land locked and some 300 km from the nearest sea). Instead, the king awarded them the university of the rebel Barcelona.

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