Alenquer Municipality, Portugal
Location in Portugal
|• Mayor||Jorge Riso (PS)|
|• Total||304.2 km2 (117.5 sq mi)|
|• Density||141/km2 (370/sq mi)|
|Municipal holiday||Ascension Day
Alenquer (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐlẽˈkɛɾ]) is a municipality in Portugal with a total area of 304.2 km² and a total population of 42,932 inhabitants. The municipality is composed of 16 parishes, and is located in the Oeste Subregion. The present Mayor is Jorge Riso, elected by the Socialist Party.
The name Alenquer is said to derive from the Germanic "Alen Kerk", meaning the Temple of the Alans. The city itself, legend says, was established by the Alanian king Attaces; however, there were settlements in the area before Roman times, e.g., Ierabriga or Lerabriga. The city's castle may have been constructed originally by the Alans, or possibly the Visigoths.
Alenquer received its Foral in 1212 by the hand of Infanta (Princess) Sancha, Lady of Alenquer, daughter of King Sancho I of Portugal. A breed of dog developed by the Alan tribes, the Alaunt, is depicted in the city's coat of arms.
- Damião de Góis, humanist philosopher
- Aldeia Galega da Merceana
- Aldeia Gavinha
- Cabanas de Torres
- Pereiro de Palhacana
- Santo Estêvão (Alenquer)
- Triana (Alenquer)
- Vila Verde dos Francos
- Alenquer DOC, a wine designation.