Location in Portugal
|• Mayor||Pedro Ferreira (PS)|
|• Total||270.0 km2 (104.2 sq mi)|
|• Density||138/km2 (360/sq mi)|
The municipality is composed of 17 parishes, and is located in the district of Santarém. The city of Torres Novas 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.
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.
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.
- Meia Via
- Parceiros de Igreja
- Parceiros de S. Joao
- Ribeira Branca
- Torres Novas (Salvador)
- Torres Novas (Santiago)
- Torres Novas (São Pedro)
- Torres Novas (Santa Maria)
The municipal holiday is Ascension Day.
Neighbouring cities ("Cidades")
- City of Torres Novas (2006). "Fundacão de Torres Novas". Archived from the original on 2007-01-19. Retrieved 2007-01-25.