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Santa Barbara de Nexe

Santa Bárbara de Nexe is a civil parish in the Portuguese) municipality of Faro on the southern Algarve. The population in 2011 was 4,116, in an area of 38.22 km². It is located a few kilometers from Loulé.HistoryHuman settlement in the area of Santa Bárbara de Nexe goes back to the Middle Paleolithic (around 30,000 years), and the area came to be inhabited by Pre-Roman peoples of the Iberian Peninsula, namely the Cynetes. Phoenicians, Roman and Arab trading routes crossed these lands, where many came to occupy.; the oldest resident was the Roman, Sextus Numisius Eros, from the 2nd century AD: his name was left behind in a local funerary stone. Later, the area had some Phoenician influence, was incorporated by Ancient Rome, become part of the Visigothic Kingdom of Hispania, and was conquered by the Moors and incorporated in the Al'Garb Al-Andalus.The area would eventually be incorporated in the Kingdom of Portugal during the end of the Portuguese Reconquista against the Moors, in the 1272, by King Afonso III of Portugal. The eldest reference to a place called "Nexe" appears in 1291 in a chart about the boundaries of Faro and Loulé.
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