Moimenta da Beira Municipality

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Template: Infobox city in Portugal / maintenance / management location is empty Template: Infobox city in Portugal / Maintenance / Web page is blank Moimenta da Beira is a small town ( Vila ) and a circle ( concelho ) in Portugal with 2890 inhabitants (as of June 30, 2011 ).


Findings and excavations indicate a prehistoric settlement of the area. During the Reconquista, the changing conquests by the Moors and Christian armies caused a depopulation of the area. In connection with the newly established County of Portugal a repopulation of the area, as a result also of the present town developed began. 1140 the place was already known. First City rights were granted Moimenta in 1189th

With the founding of the Women's Benedictine monastery Convento de Nossa Senhora da Beneditino Purificação in the 16th century Moimenta took some upswing until the monastery was closed in 1812 by the Bishop of Lamego. Even the destruction caused by withdrawing French troops during the Napoleonic invasions initiated in 1808 a relative decline of the circle one. With the administrative reforms of the Liberal Revolution in 1822 and the following Miguelistenkrieg the circle of Moimenta da Beira was significantly expanded. After further extensions of the county in 1896 reached its current dimensions.

Culture and sights

Among the monuments in the district include a number of stately homes, historic public buildings, and a variety of religious buildings. The historical town center as a whole is a listed building.

A series of trails and hiking trails are set up in a circle. Some focused thematic routes lead eg in archaeological sites or historic traditional village institutions along.

In addition to the municipal library, the municipal Academy of Music or the municipal event center Auditório Municipal other cultural sites are found in the district, including the Casa- Museu Aquilino Ribeiro, to the life and work of the writer Aquilino Ribeiro is dedicated to, and the ethnographic museum Museu Etnográfico de Arcozelos in the community Arcozelos.


The circle

Moimenta da Beira is the seat of the homonymous district. The neighboring districts are (clockwise starting from the north ): Tabuaço, Sernancelhe, Sátão, Vila Nova de Paiva, Tarouca and Armamar.

The following municipalities ( Freguesias ) lying in circle Moimenta da Beira:

  • Aldeia de Nacomba
  • Alvite
  • Arcozelos
  • Ariz.
  • Baldo
  • Cabaços
  • Caria
  • Castelo
  • Leomil
  • Moimenta da Beira
  • Nagosa
  • Paradinha
  • Passo
  • Pera Velha
  • Peva
  • Rua
  • Sarzedo
  • Segões
  • Sever
  • Vilar


Local holiday

  • June 24


  • Cape Verde Cape Verde: Sao Filipe

Sons and daughters

  • Luís Pinto de Sousa Coutinho (1735-1804), royal minister, colonial administrators in Brazil
  • Luís Veiga Leitão (1912-1987), writer and artist
  • António José Rafael ( born 1925 ), Bishop of Bragança
  • Jacinto Tomás de Carvalho Botelho ( born 1935 ), Bishop of Lamego
  • João Manuel (1967-2005), football player