Arraiolos ( Portuguese pronunciation: ) is a municipality in [ɐʁɐˈjɔluʃ] Évora District in Portugal. The population in 2011 was 7,363, in an area of 683.75 km². [1 ] The town of Arraiolos has 3,351 inhabitants. The present Mayor is Silvia Pinto, elected by the [2 ] Unitarian Democratic Coalition.
The town is famous for the castel and,embroidered wool rugs and carpets.
Arraiolos rugs have been made since the Middle Ages. [3 ]
In October 2003,
Jorge Sampaio, then the President of Portugal, invited the Presidents of Finland, Germany, as well as of soon-to-be EU members Hungary, Latvia and Poland to Arraiolos in order to discuss the consequences of the 2004 enlargement of the European Union and plans for a Constitution for Europe. Subsequent meetings of non-executive presidents of European Union member states have been dubbed [4 ] . Arraiolos meetings
History [ edit ]
A hoard of prehistoric objects, including a
trapezoid-shaped plaque with geometric design and three pottery vessels, was excavated from a tumulus or barrow in Arraiolos at the beginning of the twentieth century. They are now kept at the British Museum. [5 ]
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Parishes [ edit ]
Administratively, the municipality is divided into 5 civil parishes (
): freguesias [6 ]
Gafanhoeira e Sabugueiro
São Gregório e Santa Justa
View of the countryside from the castle.
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