Belmonte, Portugal

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Municipality (Concelho)
Coat o airms
Offeecial name: Concelho de Belmonte
Kintra  Portugal
Region Centro
Subregion Cova da Beira
Destrict Castelo Branco
Municipality Belmonte
Coordinates 40°21′N 7°21′W / 40.350°N 7.350°W / 40.350; -7.350Coordinates: 40°21′N 7°21′W / 40.350°N 7.350°W / 40.350; -7.350
Area 118.8 km2 (46 sq mi)
Population 7,662 (2001)
Density 65/km2 (168/sq mi)
LAU Concelho/Câmara Municipal
 - location Rua Pedro Álvares Cabral, Belmonte, Belmonte
Municipal chair Joaquim Feliciano da Costa (PS)
Timezone WET (UTC0)
 - summer (DST) WEST (UTC+1)
ISO 3166-2 code PT-
Aurie code & prefix (+351) XXX XX XX XX
Municipal address Rua Pedro Álvares Cabral, 135
Municipal holidays 26 Apryle
Location o the municipality o Belmonte in continental Portugal
Wikimedia Commons: Belmonte
Stateestics: Instituto Nacional de Estatística[1]
Geographic detail from CAOP (2010)[2] produced by Instituto Geográfico Português (IGP)

Belmonte (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˌbɛɫˈmõt(ɨ)]) is a municipality in Portugal. It haes a total aurie o 118.8 km² an a total population o 7,662 inhabitants.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

Belmonte is the birthplace o Pedro Álvares Cabral, the navigator who discovered the land o Vera Cruz, nou kent as Brazil. Locatit in the Kirk o Santa Maria is the iconic statue o Nossa Senhora da Esperança (Oor Lady o Howp), which Cabral teuk wi him in his voyage. Till 1834, the statue wis held bi the Monastery o Nossa Senhora da Esperança. The umwhile releegious facility haes been adaptit for uise as a modren boutique hotel.

The sangster Zeca Afonso livit in Belmonte for pairt o his bairnheid, atween 1938 an 1940. He livit wi his uncle, the mayor o the toun, whilst his parents wur livin in Mozambique.

Belmonte is hame tae the last remainin commonty o marranos (kent as the Belmonte Jews). They offeecially returned tae Judaism in the 1970s an opened a synagogue in 1996.

In 2003, the American Sephardi Federation foondit the Belmonte Project, designatit tae raise funds tae acquire Judaic eddicational material an services for the commonty, which nou nummers 160-180. They opened a Jewish Museum o Belmonte (Portuguese: Museu Judaico de Belmonte) on 17 April 2005. In the simmer o 2006, the American Sephardi Federation ceased tae hae the Belmonte Project unner its auspices.

Geografie[eedit | eedit soorce]

Locatit in the historic destrict o Castelo Branco, the municipality is componit o five pairishes:

  • Belmonte
  • Caria
  • Colmeal da Torre
  • Inguias
  • Maçaínhas

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. INE, ed. (2010), Censos 2011 - Resultadas Preliminares (in Portuguese), Lisbon, Portugal: Instituto Nacional de Estatística, retrieved 1 Januar 2012 Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help)
  2. IGP, ed. (2010), Carta Administrativa Oficial de Portugal (in Portuguese), Lisbon, Portugal: Instituto Geográfico Português, archived frae the original on 3 Julie 2014, retrieved 1 Januar 2012

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