Santo António (Funchal)

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Coordinates: 32°41′29″N 16°56′43″W / 32.69139°N 16.94528°W / 32.69139; -16.94528
Santo António
Civil Parish
Santo Antonio a Alamos z Barcelos.JPG
A view from Pico dos Barcelos above Santo António
Official name: Freguesia do Santo António
Name origin: Portuguese for Saint Anthony
Country  Portugal
Region  Madeira
Island Madeira
Municipality Funchal
Center Santo António
 - elevation 871 m (2,858 ft)
 - coordinates 32°41′29″N 16°56′43″W / 32.69139°N 16.94528°W / 32.69139; -16.94528
Highest point
 - elevation 700 m (2,297 ft)
Area 22.16 km2 (9 sq mi)
Population 27,383 (2011)
Density 1,236 / km2 (3,201 / sq mi)
Settlement fl. 1557
 - Parish c. 1566
LAU Junta Freguesia
 - location Caminho das Romeiras
President Junta Rui Santos
President Assembleia António Rentróia
Timezone WET (UTC0)
 - summer (DST) WEST (UTC+1)
Postal Zone 9020-117
Area Code & Prefix (+351) 291 XXX XXX
Patron Saint Santo António
Location of the parish seat of Santo António in the municipality of Funchal, island of Madeira
Wikimedia Commons: Santo António (Funchal)
Website: http://www.jf-santoantonio.pt/

Santo António (Portuguese meaning "Saint Anthony") is a civil parish in the northeastern part of the municipality of Funchal on the island of Madeira. It is located about 3 km northwest of central Funchal. The most populous civil parish in the archipelago, it extends into the mountainous interior of the island. The population in 2011 was 27,383,[1] in an area of 22.16 km².[2]

Santo António is the birthplace of famous football player Cristiano Ronaldo, who was a leading player for Manchester United for several years, member of the Portuguese national team, and from 2009 a forward for Real Madrid. He is widely regarded as the best of his generation, and one of the greatest of all time. The city is home to the Museu CR7,[3] which is a museum dedicated to the achievements of Ronaldo.

History[edit]

The settlement that existed in this area was primarily small artisan shops, that congregated around a small chapel dedicated to Santo António, in the late 16th century, when it was elevated to ecclesiastical parish. It includes the barrio of Madalena, situated around a now disappeared chapel to Santa Maria Madalena.

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