Fenais da Luz

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Fenais da Luz
Civil Parish
Miradouro dos Aflitos, Batalha, Ponta Delgada, ilha de São Miguel, Açores.JPG
A scenic vista from the foothills of Fenais da Luz, located near Aflitos and the area of Batalha
Official name: Freguesia de Fenais da Luz
Country  Portugal
Autonomous Region  Azores
Island São Miguel
Municipality Ponta Delgada
Localities Aflitos, Amoreiras, Farropo, Nossa Senhora da Luz, São Jerónimo, Vereda de Baixo, Vereda de Cima
Center Aflitos
 - elevation 113 m (371 ft)
 - coordinates 37°48′39″N 25°38′15″W / 37.81083°N 25.63750°W / 37.81083; -25.63750Coordinates: 37°48′39″N 25°38′15″W / 37.81083°N 25.63750°W / 37.81083; -25.63750
Highest point Pico Grande
 - elevation 375 m (1,230 ft)
 - coordinates 37°48′3″N 25°39′6″W / 37.80083°N 25.65167°W / 37.80083; -25.65167
Area 7.69 km2 (3 sq mi)
 - water .00 km2 (0 sq mi)
 - urban .77 km2 (0 sq mi)
Population 2,009 (2011)
Density 261/km2 (676/sq mi)
LAU Junta Freguesia
 - location Estrada Regional
 - elevation 32 m (105 ft)
 - coordinates 37°49′41″N 25°38′30″W / 37.82806°N 25.64167°W / 37.82806; -25.64167
President Junta João José Correia de Medeiros
President Assembleia José Humberto da Costa Oliveira
Timezone Azores (UTC-1)
 - summer (DST) Azores (UTC0)
Postal Zone 9545-218
Area Code & Prefix (+351) 296 XXX-XXXX
Patron Saint Nossa Senhora da Luz
Locator map AZO SMG PDL Fenais da Luz.svg
Location of the civil parish of Fenais da Luz in the municipality of Ponta Delgada
Wikimedia Commons: Fenais da Luz (Ponta Delgada)
Statistics: Instituto Nacional de Estatística[1]
Website: http://www.fenaisdaluz.com/
Geographic detail from CAOP (2010)[2] produced by Instituto Geográfico Português (IGP)

Fenais da Luz is a civil parish in the municipality of Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. The population in 2011 was 2,009,[3] in an area of 7.69 square kilometres (2.97 sq mi).[4]

History[edit]

The origin of the place name was justified by Gaspar Frutuoso as originating from the abundance of natural fenal that grew in the fields; fenais is Portuguese word for fenal.[5] Writing in the Saudades da Terra referred:

"...the place of Fenais, in the 'courtyard' of the city of Ponta Delgada, there said, with letter changed and corrputed, to there being much fenal".[5]

Its parochial church, dedicated to Our Lady of Light (in 1756) was constructed over the ruins of an older episode.[5] The church was identified by Queen D. Maria I in the celebration marking the defeat between forces of D. António, Prior of Crato and Philip II of Spain in 1582.[5]

Geography[edit]

Fenais da Luz is located on the north coast of the island and includes, along with the principal settlement of Fenais, the localities of Aflitos and Farropo.[5]

Architecture[edit]

  • Church of Nossa Senhora das Luz (Portuguese: Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Luz)
  • Hermitage of Bom Jesus of Aflitos (Portuguese: Ermida do Bom Jesus dos Aflitos)
  • Hermitage of São Pedro (Portuguese: Ermida de São Pedro)

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ INE, ed. (2010), Censos 2011 - Resultadas Preliminares [2011 Census - Preliminary Results] (in Portuguese), Lisbon, Portugal: Instituto Nacional de Estatística, retrieved 1 January 2012 
  2. ^ IGP, ed. (2010), Carta Administrativa Oficial de Portugal (in Portuguese), Lisbon, Portugal: Instituto Geográfico Português, archived from the original on 21 May 2011, retrieved 1 July 2011 
  3. ^ Instituto Nacional de Estatística
  4. ^ Eurostat Archived September 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ a b c d e DRAC (2010), p.22

Sources[edit]

  • DRAC, ed. (2010). Festas das ilhas de São Miguel e Santa Maria 2010 [Festivals of the islands of São Miguel and Santa Maria 2010] (in Portuguese). Ponta Delgada, Azores: Direcção Regional das Comunidades. p. 16.