Santo António (Funchal)

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Santo António
Civil Parish
Santo Antonio a Alamos z Barcelos.JPG
A view from Pico dos Barcelos above Santo António
Official name: Freguesia do Santo António
Name origin: Portuguese for Saint Anthony
Country  Portugal
Region  Madeira
Island Madeira
Municipality Funchal
Center Santo António
 - elevation 871 m (2,858 ft)
 - coordinates 32°41′29″N 16°56′43″W / 32.69139°N 16.94528°W / 32.69139; -16.94528Coordinates: 32°41′29″N 16°56′43″W / 32.69139°N 16.94528°W / 32.69139; -16.94528
Highest point
 - elevation 700 m (2,297 ft)
Area 22.16 km2 (9 sq mi)
Population 27,383 (2011)
Density 1,236/km2 (3,201/sq mi)
Settlement fl. 1557
 - Parish c. 1566
LAU Junta Freguesia
 - location Caminho das Romeiras
President Junta Rui Santos
President Assembleia António Rentróia
Timezone WET (UTC0)
 - summer (DST) WEST (UTC+1)
Postal Zone 9020-117
Area Code & Prefix (+351) 291 XXX XXX
Patron Saint Santo António
Santo António (Funchal) is located in Madeira
Santo António (Funchal)
Location of the parish seat of Santo António in the municipality of Funchal, island of Madeira
Wikimedia Commons: Santo António (Funchal)
Website: www.jf-santoantonio.pt

Santo António (Portuguese meaning "Saint Anthony") is a civil parish in the northeastern part of the municipality of Funchal on the island of Madeira. It is located about 3 km northwest of central Funchal. The most populous civil parish in the archipelago, it extends into the mountainous interior of the island. The population in 2011 was 27,383,[1] in an area of 22.16 km².[2]

Santo António is the birthplace of famous football player Cristiano Ronaldo, who was a leading player for Manchester United for several years, member of the Portuguese national team, and from 2009 a forward for Real Madrid. He is widely regarded as one of the best of his generation, and one of the greatest of all time. The city is home to the Museu CR7,[3] which is a museum dedicated to the achievements of Ronaldo.

History[edit]

The settlement that existed in this area was primarily small artisan shops, that congregated around a small chapel dedicated to Santo António, in the late 16th century, when it was elevated to ecclesiastical parish. It includes the barrio of Madalena, situated around a now disappeared chapel to Santa Maria Madalena, also Santa Quitéria which is home to Madeira Shopping, the biggest shopping centre on Madeira.

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