Castelo de Paiva

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Castelo de Paiva
Flag of Castelo de Paiva
Coat of arms of Castelo de Paiva
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Coordinates: 41°04′N 8°15′W / 41.067°N 8.250°W / 41.067; -8.250Coordinates: 41°04′N 8°15′W / 41.067°N 8.250°W / 41.067; -8.250
Country  Portugal
Region Norte
Subregion Tâmega
Intermunic. comm. Tâmega e Sousa
District Aveiro
Parishes 6
 • President Gonçalo Rocha (PS)
 • Total 115.01 km2 (44.41 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 16,733
 • Density 150/km2 (380/sq mi)
Time zone WET/WEST (UTC+0/+1)

Castelo de Paiva (Portuguese pronunciation: [kɐʃˈtɛlu ðɨ ˈpajvɐ]) is a town and a municipality of the Aveiro District in Portugal. The population in 2011 was 16,733,[1] in an area of 115.01 km².[2]

On March 4, 2001 at 9 pm, a 116-year-old metal bridge linking the town of Sobrado (a.k.a. Castelo de Paiva) and Entre-os-Rios (a bridge connecting Castelo de Paiva to Penafiel) collapsed, killing 59 people, including those in a bus and three cars that were attempting to get to the other side of the Douro river.[3] The Hintze Ribeiro Bridge disaster prompted accusations of government negligence, and the public works minister Jorge Coelho resigned shortly after the disaster. There is a monument near the bridge in honour of the people who died.

The present Mayor is Gonçalo Rocha, elected by the Social Party.

The municipal holiday is June 24.

Monument in memory of the victims of the Hintze Ribeiro disaster in 2001


Population of Castelo de Paiva Municipality (1801–2004)
1801 1849 1900 1930 1960 1981 1991 2001 2011
6691 7586 9728 11450 17756 17026 16515 17338 16733

Cities and towns[edit]

There are two towns in the municipality.

  • Castelo de Paiva
  • Raiva


Administratively, the municipality is divided into 6 civil parishes (freguesias):[4]

  • Fornos
  • Raiva, Pedorido e Paraíso
  • Real
  • Santa Maria de Sardoura
  • São Martinho de Sardoura
  • Sobrado e Bairros

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