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Napoleonic troops occupied Getafe from 1808 to 1812.
A train line connecting Madrid to Aranjuez, and passing through Getafe, was inaugurated in 1851.
) is a city in the south of the Madrid metropolitan area, Spain, and one of the most populated and industrialised cities in the area.
It is home to one of the oldest Spanish military air bases and the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
Getafe is located 13 km south of Madrid's city centre, within a flat area of Spain's Meseta Central in the Manzanares River basin.In that same century, the primitive hermitage of La Magdalena was built, only to be destroyed several centuries later.In 1492, famine and disease devastated Getafe, prompting the construction of the Hospitalillo de San José in 1529.King Alfonso XIII inaugurated the first monument to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the Cerro de los Ángeles on . Industrialization also prompted a rapid boom in population, starting in the 1950s.In 1956, John Deere established a factory in Getafe, and a year later, Siemens AG followed suit.
Getafe's proximity to Madrid fostered industrial development during the 20th and 21st centuries.