Lucena is a Spanish city and municipality, in the province of Córdoba, autonomous community of Andalusia, 60 km southeast of Córdoba, 85 km north of Málaga, 140 km east of Sevilla, 105 km west of Granada, and 90 km southwest of Jaén, all very important Andalusian provincial capitals. Its circa 42,000 people makes Lucena the second largest municipality in the province after the provincial capital, Córdoba. It is located at the conjunction of important highways in the geographical center of Andalusia. People from Lucena are called lucentinos. The city was originally known as Eliossana, perhaps from the Hebrew Elí hoshanna, "May God save us". The name in Arabic is اليسانة Al-Yussana.