Santa Clara (Ponta Delgada)

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Santa Clara
Civil Parish
Official name: Freguesia da Santa Clara
Named for: Saint Claire
Country  Portugal
Autonomous Region  Azores
Island São Miguel
Municipality Ponta Delgada
Center Santa Clara
 - elevation 21 m (69 ft)
 - coordinates 37°44′13″N 25°40′57″W / 37.73694°N 25.68250°W / 37.73694; -25.68250Coordinates: 37°44′13″N 25°40′57″W / 37.73694°N 25.68250°W / 37.73694; -25.68250
Lowest point Sea Level
 - location Atlantic Ocean
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Area 2.24 km2 (1 sq mi)
 - urban 1.0 km2 (0 sq mi)
Population 2,971 (2011)
Density 1,326 / km2 (3,434 / sq mi)
Settlement c. 1458
 - Parish c. 1580
 - Civil Parish c. July 2002
LAU Junta Freguesia
 - location 1ª Rua de Santa Clara
President Junta Ricardo J.R. Leite
President Assembleia Luís Cabral
Timezone Azores (UTC-1)
 - summer (DST) Azores (UTC0)
Postal Zone 9500-241
Area Code & Prefix (+351) 292 XX XX XX
Patron Saint Santa Clara
Location of the civil parish of Santa Clara in the municipality of Ponta Delgada
Wikimedia Commons: Santa Clara (Ponta Delgada)
Website: http://www.freguesiadesantaclara.pt/portal/v1.0/index.asp

Santa Clara (Portuguese for Saint Claire) is a civil parish in the municipality of Ponta Delgada in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. The population in 2011 was 2,971,[1] in an area of 2.24 km².[2]

History[edit]

The parochial Church of Santa Clara

The ecumenical parish of Santa Clara was created at the beginning of 1570, during the prelature of Bishop Gaspar de Faria, with its seat in the hermitage of its invocation (which already existed before the 1522 earthquake).[3]

The road to transform Santa Clara from a small village into a civil parish began with Father Fernando “de Santa Clara”, who ran a silent campaign in the middle of the 1950s.[4]

In July 2002, it was de-annexed from a part of the civil parish of São José.

Geography[edit]

Santa Clara is an industrial zone located on the western periphery of Ponta Delgada, extending from the area around the port of Ponta Delgada, to the eastern frontier of Relva.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Instituto Nacional de Estatística
  2. ^ Eurostat
  3. ^ Sousa, Nestor de (1986), A Arquitectura Religiosa de Ponta Delgada nos séculos XVI a XVIII (in Portuguese), Ponta Delgada (Azores), Portugal: University of the Azores, p. 32 
  4. ^ de Melo, João Pacheco (12 October 2011). "Mais um aniversário: o sexto" (in Portuguese). Ponta Delgada (Azores), Portugal: O Lugar de Ponta Delgada.