Alenquer

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Where is Alenquer?

Of Moorish origin, the village of Alenquer was recaptured for the Christians by Dom Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal, in the 12th century, in his offensive towards Lisbon, which is only 35 kilometres from Alenquer.

Why is Alenquer important to Portugal?

Several important figures in the history of Portugal were born in Alenquer, such as Pêro de Alenquer, a 16th century Portuguese navigator who rounded the Cape of Storms (Cape of Good Hope), and Damião de Góis, a great humanist and important figure of the Renaissance in Portugal (17th century).

What is the difference between Lisboa and Alenquer?

The Lisboa region is long and thin, and runs northwest alongside Portugals Atlantic coast. Alenquer lies further inland than the other Lisboa DOCs, and centers around the town of the same name, 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the coast and roughly the same distance north of downtown Lisbon.

Why is Alenquer known as the Vila-Presépio?

Alenquer is popularly known as the vila-presépio (crib town), due to the harmonious layout of its houses on a slope, giving it the shape of an amphitheatre. Several important figures in the history of Portugal were born in Alenquer, such as Pêro de Alenquer, a 16th century Portuguese navigator who rounded the Cape of Storms...

What is the population of Alenquer?

Alenquer ( uh-lehn-KEHR, /ɐ.ɫẽ.ˈkeɾ/) received its royal charter in 1212 from Princess Sancha, daughter of King Sancho I of Portugal. The municipality has over 43,000 residents (2011), while the town proper has about 9,000.

What does Alenquer mean?

Alenquer ( uh-lehn-KEHR, /ɐ.ɫẽ.ˈkeɾ/) received its royal charter in 1212 from Princess Sancha, daughter of King Sancho I of Portugal. The municipality has over 43,000 residents (2011), while the town proper has about 9,000. Alenquer is at exit 4 of the A1 (Autoestrada do Norte) motorway, 30 min N of Lisbon and 2 hr 30 min S of Porto .

Where is-Alenquer located?

Alenquer is located in: Portugal, Lisboa, Alenquer. Find detailed maps for Portugal, Lisboa, Alenquer on ViaMichelin, along with road traffic and weather information, the option to book accommodation and view information on MICHELIN restaurants and MICHELIN Green Guide listed tourist sites for - Alenquer.

Why is Alenquer important to Portugal?

Several important figures in the history of Portugal were born in Alenquer, such as Pêro de Alenquer, a 16th century Portuguese navigator who rounded the Cape of Storms (Cape of Good Hope), and Damião de Góis, a great humanist and important figure of the Renaissance in Portugal (17th century).

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