Santo António (Funchal)
A view from Pico dos Barcelos above Santo António
|Official name: Freguesia do Santo António|
|Name origin: Portuguese for Saint Anthony|
|- elevation||871 m (2,858 ft)|
|- elevation||700 m (2,297 ft)|
|Area||22.16 km2 (9 sq mi)|
|Density||1,236/km2 (3,201/sq mi)|
|- Parish||c. 1566|
|- location||Caminho das Romeiras|
|President Junta||Rui Santos|
|President Assembleia||António Rentróia|
|- summer (DST)||WEST (UTC+1)|
|Area Code & Prefix||(+351) 291 XXX XXX|
|Patron Saint||Santo António|
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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, in an area of 22.16 km².
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, which is a museum dedicated to the achievements of Ronaldo.
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.