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 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; 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
- Abrigada e Cabanas de Torres
- Aldeia Galega da Merceana e Aldeia Gavinha
- Alenquer (Santo Estêvão e Triana)
- Carregado e Cadafais
- Ribafria e Pereiro de Palhacana
- Vila Verde dos Francos
- Alenquer DOC, a wine designation.
- Milhazes, José. Os antepassados caucasianos dos portugueses - Rádio e Televisão de Portugal in Portuguese
- Official site - History: Origins in Portuguese.
- Official site - History: Roman period in Portuguese.
- Official site - History: Barbarian invasions in Portuguese.
- Diário da República. "Law nr. 11-A/2013, page 552 8" (pdf) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 16 July 2014.