|— Municipality —|
|• Mayor||Jorge Riso (PS)|
|• Total||304.2 km2 (117.5 sq mi)|
|• Density||141/km2 (370/sq mi)|
|Municipal holiday||Ascension Day
Alenquer (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐlẽˈkɛɾ]) is a municipality in Portugal with a total area of 304.2 km² and a total population of 42,932 inhabitants. The municipality is composed of 16 parishes, and is located in the District of Lisbon.
The present Mayor is Jorge Riso, elected by the Socialist Party.
The name Alenquer is said to derive from the Germanic "Alen Ker" meaning the Temple of the Alans, and the city itself is, legend says, is said to have been established by the Alanian king Attaces. The Alans' dog, the Alaunt, is represented in the city's coat of arms. This is nothing but a legend, though, as there have been settlemenst in the area before Roman times, and these were also established there, namely in the location of Ierabriga or Lerabriga. The city's castle, however, may have been established by the Alans, or maybe the Visigoths.
- Damião de Góis, humanist philosopher
- Aldeia Galega da Merceana
- Aldeia Gavinha
- Cabanas de Torres
- Pereiro de Palhacana
- Santo Estêvão (Alenquer)
- Triana (Alenquer)
- Vila Verde dos Francos
- Alenquer DOC, a wine designation.
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