Alenquer Municipality, Portugal

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Flag of Alenquer
Coat of arms of Alenquer
Coat of arms
Location in Portugal
Location in Portugal
Coordinates: 39°03′N 9°01′W / 39.050°N 9.017°W / 39.050; -9.017Coordinates: 39°03′N 9°01′W / 39.050°N 9.017°W / 39.050; -9.017
Country  Portugal
Region Centro
Subregion Oeste
District/A.R. Lisbon
 • Mayor Jorge Riso (PS)
 • Total 304.2 km2 (117.5 sq mi)
 • Total 42,932
 • Density 141/km2 (370/sq mi)
Parishes (no.) 11
Municipal holiday Ascension Day
date varies

Alenquer (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐlẽˈkɛɾ]) is a municipality in the Oeste Subregion in Portugal with a total area of 304.2 km² and a total population of 42,932 inhabitants. 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;[1] however, there were settlements in the area before Roman times,[2] e.g., Ierabriga or Lerabriga.[3] The city's castle may have been constructed originally by the Alans, or possibly the Visigoths.[4]

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.

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Administratively, the municipality is divided into 11 civil parishes (freguesias):[5]

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