Batalha, Portugal

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Location
39°39'00"N
008°48'00"W
Country
 Portugal
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Batalha (Portuguese pronunciation: [bɐˈtaʎɐ] (listen)) is a town and a municipality in Leiria District, Pinhal Litoral Subregion, Centro Region, Portugal. The town's name means "battle". The municipality population in 2011 was 15,805, in an area of 103.42 square kilometres (39.93 sq mi). The town proper has about 7,500 inhabitants. The municipality is limited to the North and West by the municipality of Leiria, to the East by Ourém, to the Southeast by Alcanena and to the Southwest by Porto de Mós. The town was founded by King D. João I of Portugal, jointly with the Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória na Batalha, to pay homage to the Portuguese victory at the Battle of Aljubarrota (August 14, 1385) that put an end to the 1383–1385 Crisis. The Portuguese professor and sociologist Moisés Espírito Santo was born there.

Demography

Monuments

Batalha Monastery Estátua Equestre de São Nuno de Santa Maria (1966 - 1968) Igreja Matriz de Exaltação de Santa Cruz (1514 - 1532) Capela da Santa Casa da Misericórdia (18th century) Ponte da Boutaca (1862) Pelourinho (Restored in 2000) Edifício Mouzinho de Albuquerque - Galeria de Exposições Capela de Nossa Senhora do Caminho Boca da Mina das Barrojeiras Igreja Paroquial Nossa Senhora dos Remédios Ermida de Nossa Senhora do Fetal Moinhos de Vento

Natural heritage

Grutas da Moeda Maciço Calcário Estremenho Buraco Roto Pia da Ovelha Escarpa de falha do Reguengo do Fetal

Parishes

Administratively, the municipality is divided into 4 civil parishes (freguesias): Batalha Golpilheira Reguengo do Fetal São Mamede

International relations

Batalha is twinned with: Trujillo, Spain (since 1992) Joinville-le-Pont, France (since 2008)
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