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Vila Viçosa, Portugal

 

Vila Viçosa (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈvilɐ viˈsɔzɐ]) is a municipality in Portugal with a total area of 195.0 km² and a total population of 8,745 inhabitants.

The municipality is composed of 5 parishes, and is located in the District of Évora.

 

The area of Vila Viçosa has been inhabited since Antiquity, and it was the site of a small settlement in Roman times. The region was part of the Visigoth Kingdom and later was came under Moorish control after the Muslim conquest of Hispania. Moorish domination ended in 1217, when the region was reconquered by the Order of Aviz, a military order of knighthood that reclaimed large parts of Southern Portugal to the Christians. The order promoted the settlement in the area during the 13th century. In 1270, King Afonso III granted a foral (letter of feudal rights) to the incipient village of Vila Viçosa. In the early 14th century, King Dinis I built a castle in the village, to protect it from potential Castilian incursions.

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vila_Vi%C3%A7osa_Municipality

 

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Vila Viçosa é uma vila portuguesa, no Distrito de Évora, região Alentejo e sub-região do Alentejo Central, com 5 000 habitantes.

É sede de um município com 194,62 km² de área e 8 319 habitantes (2011), subdividido em cinco freguesias. O município é limitado a norte e leste pelo município de Elvas, a sul pelo Alandroal, a oeste pelo Redondo e a noroeste por Borba.

Em Vila Viçosa mantiveram-se os duques de Bragança durante vários séculos até à Proclamação da República as suas propriedades e o magnífico Paço Ducal de Vila Viçosa.

 

pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vila_Vi%C3%A7osa

 

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