Alenquer Municipality, Portugal

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Alenquer
Municipality
Flag of Alenquer
Flag
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
Government
 • Mayor Jorge Riso (PS)
Area
 • Total 304.2 km2 (117.5 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 42,932
 • Density 141/km2 (370/sq mi)
Parishes (no.) 11
Municipal holiday Ascension Day
date varies
Website http://www.cm-alenquer.pt

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.

History[edit]

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.

Notable residents[edit]

Parishes[edit]

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

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