Torres Novas

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Torres Novas
Municipality
Flag of Torres Novas
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Coat of arms of Torres Novas
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Coordinates: 39°28′N 8°32′W / 39.467°N 8.533°W / 39.467; -8.533Coordinates: 39°28′N 8°32′W / 39.467°N 8.533°W / 39.467; -8.533
Country  Portugal
Region Centro
Subregion Médio Tejo
Intermunic. comm. Médio Tejo
District Santarém
Parishes 17
Government
 • President Pedro Ferreira (PS)
Area
 • Total 270.00 km2 (104.25 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 36,717
 • Density 140/km2 (350/sq mi)
Time zone WET/WEST (UTC+0/+1)
Website http://www.cm-torresnovas.pt

Torres Novas (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈtoʁɨʒ ˈnɔvɐʃ]) is a municipality in the district of Santarém in Portugal. The population in 2011 was 36,717,[1] in an area of 270.00 km².[2]

The city of Torres Novas proper has about 15,000 inhabitants. This city has a castle. The seat of the municipality (town hall/"câmara municipal") is in the city, which includes four parishes ("freguesias") in the urban area.

History[edit]

Little is known about the history of Torres Novas prior to the conquest of the city from the Arabs in 1148 by Don Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal. It is assumed that several peoples called the area home, including the Greeks, Romans, Celts and Arabs. The Roman presence is well established based on the ruins at Vila Cardílio.[3]

The castle, which had fallen into ruin, was rebuilt in 1190 by Sancho I. The castle was further rebuilt by Ferdinand I in 1376. The city grew up directly around the castle.[3]

The city was surrounded by walls until the 16th century when it began to expand beyond its historical boundaries. The original walls were demolished during the 19th century.[3]

Parishes[edit]

Administratively, the municipality is divided into 10 civil parishes (freguesias):[4]

  • Assentiz
  • Brogueira, Parceiros de Igreja e Alcorochel
  • Chancelaria
  • Meia Via
  • Olaia e Paço
  • Pedrógão
  • Riachos
  • Torres Novas (São Pedro), Lapas e Ribeira Branca
  • Torres Novas (Santa Maria, Salvador e Santiago)
  • Zibreira

Economy[edit]

Renova – Fábrica de Papel do Almonda, SA, a well known paper company, is based in the municipality, as well as the Companhia de Torres Novas, a textiles company.

Politics[edit]

The present mayor is Pedro Ferreira, elected by the Socialist Party.

In March 2007, Torres Novas fraternized with Moreni, a city located in Dâmboviţa County, Romania.[5]

Holiday[edit]

The municipal holiday is Ascension Day.

Neighbouring cities ("Cidades")[edit]

Entroncamento, Tomar, Abrantes, Ourém and Fátima, all in the Middle Tagus"Médio Tejo"subregion.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Instituto Nacional de Estatística
  2. ^ Direção-Geral do Território
  3. ^ a b c Torres Novas: História
  4. ^ Diário da República. "Law nr. 11-A/2013, pages 552 121-122" (pdf) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Moreni.ro

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