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Civil Parish
Official name: Freguesia do Cabouco
Name origin: Portuguese for a hole that is concave and deep[1]
Country  Portugal
Autonomous Region  Azores
Island São Miguel
Municipality Lagoa
Localities Cabouco
Center Cabouco
 - elevation 169 m (554 ft)
 - coordinates 37°45′52″N 25°33′56″W / 37.76444°N 25.56556°W / 37.76444; -25.56556Coordinates: 37°45′52″N 25°33′56″W / 37.76444°N 25.56556°W / 37.76444; -25.56556
Highest point Pico do Cambado
 - elevation 302 m (991 ft)
 - coordinates 37°46′18″N 25°34′30″W / 37.77167°N 25.57500°W / 37.77167; -25.57500
Area 4.85 km2 (2 sq mi)
 - urban .42 km2 (0 sq mi)
Population 1,921 (2011)
Density 396/km2 (1,026/sq mi)
LAU Junta Freguesia
 - location Rua do Tanque 1, Cabouco
 - elevation 171 m (561 ft)
 - coordinates 37°45′52″N 25°33′57″W / 37.76444°N 25.56583°W / 37.76444; -25.56583
President Junta César Augusto Medeiros Pacheco (PS)
President Assembleia Helena Margarida Lima Fraga (PS)
Timezone Azores (UTC-1)
 - summer (DST) Azores (UTC0)
Postal Zone 9560-311
Area Code & Prefix (+351) 292 XXX-XXXX
Patron Saint Nossa Senhora da Misericórdia
Locator map AZO SMG LAG Cabouco.svg
The location of the civil parish of Cabouco in the municipality of Lagoa
Wikimedia Commons: Cabouco (Lagoa)

Cabouco is a civil parish in the municipality of Lagoa on the island of São Miguel in the Portuguese Azores. The population in 2011 was 1,921,[2] in an area of 4.85 km².[3]


One of the first references to this area of São Miguel occurred in the 16th century when Captain Manuel Rodrigues Canejo and his wife, Maria de Paiva, constructed a local hermitage to support religious services.[4]

On 22 June 1670, a concession to build a church was granted by Bishop friar Clemente Vieira, during a period when the Cabouco included less than 30 homes.[4]

The construction of the new temple would only begin in 1846, under the direction of Father Cosme de Sousa.[4]

At the time of its elevation to the status of civil parish Cabouco had approximately 1250 inhabitants (with some estimates of about 2900 annually).[5] The growth of this centre was due to its connection and accessibility to the municipality of Lagoa, cheap parcels and creation of the industrial zone, that funnelled most commercial and manufacturing activities to the centre of the island.[5]


  1. ^ may refer to the parish's location within a minor valley
  2. ^ Instituto Nacional de Estatística
  3. ^ Eurostat Archived September 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b c Noé, Paula (2011), SIPA, ed., Igreja Paroquial de Cabouco / Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Misericórdia (IPA.00032457/PT072101050018) (in Portuguese), Lisbon, Portugal: SIPA – Sistema de Informação para o Património Arquitectónico, retrieved 26 November 2012 
  5. ^ a b "Cabouco assinalou 30 anos de elevação a Freguesia" (in Portuguese). Azores Digital. 28 September 2010.