Monforte, Portugal

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Monforte
Municipality
Flag of Monforte
Flag
Coat of arms of Monforte
Coat of arms
Location in Portugal
Location in Portugal
Coordinates: 39°03′N 7°26′W / 39.050°N 7.433°W / 39.050; -7.433Coordinates: 39°03′N 7°26′W / 39.050°N 7.433°W / 39.050; -7.433
Country  Portugal
Region Alentejo
Subregion Alto Alentejo
District/A.R. Portalegre
Government
 • Mayor Gonçalo Nuno Lagem (CDU - Coligação Democrática Unitária)
Area
 • Total 420.3 km2 (162.3 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 3,241
 • Density 8/km2 (20/sq mi)
Parishes (no.) 4
Municipal holiday
date varies
Website http://www.cm-monforte.pt

Monforte (Portuguese pronunciation: [mõˈfɔɾt(ɨ)]) is a municipality in the District of Portalegre in Portugal with a total area of 420.3 km² and a total population of 3,241 inhabitants.

The present Mayor is Gonçalo Nuno Lagem, elected by the CDU - Coligação Democrática Unitária.

History[edit]

The human occupation of this territory began in the neolithic period, with small communities farming and cattle raising. The Roman civilization had an important influence in these lands leaving a rich patrimonial legacy.

During the Middle Ages there existed in the territory of the present council two different population nucleus, the Villa of Monforte and the Villa of Assumar.

The first Letter of charter was granted in 1257, by D.Afonso III, to the Villa of Monforte. It would be it given new letter of charter on July 1, 1512, by D. Manuel I. In 1281, D. Dinis offered it to its daughter D. Isabel, as gift of its marriage. In 1455, the Villa of Monforte entered in the ownership of the territorial domain of Bragança's House, through the donation done by D. Afonso V to the count of Arraiolos. The toponym derives of fortified hill or of fort, where the village seems to have had origin.

Parishes[edit]

Administratively, the municipality is divided into 4 civil parishes (freguesias):[1]

  • Assumar
  • Monforte
  • Santo Aleixo
  • Vaiamonte

References[edit]

  1. ^ Diário da República. "Law nr. 11-A/2013, page 552 76" (pdf) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 28 July 2014. 

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