Golegã Municipality

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Flag of Golegã
Coat of arms of Golegã
Coat of arms
Location in Portugal
Location in Portugal
Coordinates: 39°24′N 8°29′W / 39.400°N 8.483°W / 39.400; -8.483Coordinates: 39°24′N 8°29′W / 39.400°N 8.483°W / 39.400; -8.483
Country  Portugal
Region Ribatejo
Subregion Lezíria do Tejo
District/A.R. Santarém
 • Mayor José Veiga Maltez (PS)
 • Total 76.6 km2 (29.6 sq mi)
 • Total 5,629
 • Density 73/km2 (190/sq mi)
Parishes (no.) 2
Municipal holiday Ascension Day
date varies
Website http://www.cm-golega.pt

Golegã (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɡul(ɨ)ˈɣɐ̃]) is a small municipality in Portugal with a total area of 76.6 km² and a total population of 5,629 inhabitants.

The municipality is composed of 2 parishes, and is located in Santarém District.

The present Mayor is José Tavares Veiga da Silva Maltez, elected by the Socialist Party.

The municipal holiday is Ascension Day.



Population of Golegã municipality
1801 1849 1900 1930 1960 1981 1991 2001 2004
2452 2866 5694 6325 6150 5963 6072 5710 5629

Historical sights[edit]

The main historical sight of Golegã is its main church (matriz), built in the early 16th century in Manueline (Portuguese late Gothic) style. The remarkable main portal and the ribbed vaulting inside the main chapel are its most important artistic features.

Main Church of Golegã and its Manueline portal.

Near Golegã village is located the Quinta da Cardiga, a manor house with its origin in a 12th-century donation to the Knights Templar. Originally the site of a castle, the property was remodelled in the 16th century into a Renaissance rural palace.


The winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature, José Saramago, was born in the parish of Azinhaga in 1922.
The distinguished goalkeeper Manuel Bento, having 63 caps in the national team to his credit, including games at the UEFA Euro 1984 and 1986 FIFA World Cup final tournaments, was born in the Golegã village in 1948.

Horse capital[edit]

Golegã is considered the capital of the horse (Capital do Cavalo), and it has been the site for the gathering of breeders since at least the 18th century. Two fairs take place every November in Golegã: The Feira Nacional do Cavalo (National Horse Fair) and the Feira Internacional do Cavalo Lusitano, dedicated to the Lusitano horse.

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