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Torres Novas

Torres Novas is a municipality in the district of Santarém in Portugal. The population in 2011 was 36,717, in an area of 270.00 km².The city of Torres Novas proper has about 15,000 inhabitants. This city has a castle. The seat of the municipality (town hall/"câmara municipal") is in the city, which includes four parishes ("freguesias") in the urban area.HistoryLittle is known about the history of Torres Novas prior to the conquest of the city from the Arabs in 1148 by Don Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal. It is assumed that several peoples called the area home, including the Greeks, Romans, Celts and Arabs. The Roman presence is well established based on the ruins at Vila Cardílio.The castle, which had fallen into ruin, was rebuilt in 1190 by Sancho I. The castle was further rebuilt by Ferdinand I in 1376. The city grew up directly around the castle.The city was surrounded by walls until the 16th century when it began to expand beyond its historical boundaries. The original walls were demolished during the 19th century.ParishesAdministratively, the municipality is divided into 10 civil parishes: Assentiz Brogueira, Parceiros de Igreja e Alcorochel Chancelaria Meia Via Olaia e Paço Pedrógão Riachos Torres Novas (São Pedro), Lapas e Ribeira Branca Torres Novas (Santa Maria, Salvador e Santiago) Zibreira
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