Santa Maria da Feira Municipality

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Santa Maria da Feira is a city ( Cidade ) and a circle ( concelho ) in Portugal with 12,496 inhabitants (as of 30 June 2011).

  • 4.1 The circle
  • 4.2 Demographics
  • 4.3 Local holiday
  • 4.4 Town twinning


Findings and excavations, including tombs and hill forts ( Castro ), prove the settlement of the area at least since the 5th century BC It became part of the Roman province of Lusitania, the Roman roads from Porto to Viseu and Lisbon to Braga conducted here. In the place later known as Civitas Sanctae Mariae beginning of the 6th century a fortress was built. The market held here gained some importance, and in the wake of the place changed its name accordingly, Terra de Santa Maria ( Portuguese for: floor of Saint Mary ) since the 9th century, Vila da Feira, or even ' Feira (Port. of: market ), until finally the present Santa Maria da Feira ( Port. for: Saint Mary of the market).

For the first time officially documented as Terra de Santa Maria was the place in 1117 in a deed of Teresa of Castile, who lived in the local castle 1120. 1472 King D.Afonso created the title of Count V. ( Port.: Conde ) Feira, the Rui Pereira was awarded (1700 died with the last, childless Pereira from the title ).

1514, King Manuel I of Vila city rights ( Foral ). By 1985, the place was called Vila da Feira. Then he was on the status of Vila ( town ) to the Cidade (City) levied, and received on the occasion its current official name, which was composed of previous historical designations.

Culture and sights

Interesting, historic and well-preserved particularly after its reconstruction in the 16th century castle is ( Castelo da Feira ). Other listed buildings are mansions, stone fountains, historic public buildings and religious buildings, in particular, built in the 16th century Baroque church Igreja da Misericordia de Santa Maria da Feira, with its staircases and fountains.

The thermal baths Termas de S. Jorge in the municipality of São Jorge are another attraction in the county.


The historic center as a whole is a listed building. Every year in summer, there is a multi -scale medieval market with the ten-day Viagem Mediaval. He is regarded as the largest of its kind in Portugal, and attracts with its events, stands, guides and street performances every day more than 50,000 visitors to the city. In the historic city center also takes place in the spring, the imaginarius - instead Festival Internacional de Teatro de Rua, an international street theater festival.

Known of the place is the Fogaceiras, which takes place at the municipal holiday, January 20, for over 500 years, particularly for its Festa. Their procession represents the climax, in which, in a move the sweet bread specialty of the place, the da Feira, are worn by girls on the head by the location Fogaceiras. On several days before and after are held catholic fairs, but also a variety events and concerts of all genres.

Since 2004, the Festival de Gente Sentada (English: Festival sedentary people ) concert series demanding music from areas such as jazz, contemporary improvised music, experimental pop music, among other things offered.

At Christmas time offer, inspired by fairy tales and myths Terra dos Sonhos (German: Places of Dreams ) a fantasy world for children. In the park Quinta do Castelo, at the castle, walk-in buildings and performances will be served, along with a Santa's House is here, can be written and submitted in the wishlist.

Museums and Institutions

The exhibition and congress center € Parque with its various buildings and a park also hosts occasional film festivals, art exhibitions and other cultural events and exhibitions. In the euro Parque das Visionarium is also located, which is considered as the most advanced science and technology museum in Portugal. Futuristic Technology Museum, exciting to entertaining experiments and a variety of interactive exhibits and exhibitions await visitors.

In the former Convent of Lóios the city museum (Museu Municipal) is housed showing next to archaeological finds, the history of the district and its Tradition.

The historic paper museum Museu do Papel Terras de Santa Maria brings to the visitor the history of paper near about using a collection of watermarks and a variety of historical exhibits, but also by papermaking site of historic machinery, vats and other equipment. It is housed in two old paper mills in the community Paços de Brandão outside the city, and in 2011 for Best Portuguese Museum awarded by the Portuguese museological Association APOM.


In the Estádio Marcolino de Castro stadium carries the football second division of Santa Maria da Feira, the CD Feirense founded in 1918, from its home games. The sports club União Lamas, from the municipality of Santa Maria de Lamas is known for its football department, but also operates other sports, including but not limited Track and field, field hockey and swimming.


The circle

Santa Maria da Feira is the seat of the homonymous district. The neighboring districts are (clockwise starting from the north ): Vila Nova de Gaia, Gondomar, Arouca, Oliveira de Azeméis, São João da Madeira, ovary and Espinho.

The following parishes ( freguesias ) are in the municipality of Santa Maria da Feira:

  • Argoncilhe
  • Arrifana
  • Caldas de São Jorge
  • Canedo
  • Escapães
  • Espargo
  • Feira (Santa Maria da Feira )
  • Fiães
  • Fornos
  • Gião
  • Guisande
  • Lobão
  • Louredo
  • Lourosa
  • Milheirós de Poiares
  • Mozelos


Local holiday

  • January 20



Santa Maria da Feira is still a center for the footwear industry in Portugal. However, in recent years, their production in Santa Maria da Feira reduced due to the competition from the Far East, various well-known manufacturers such as Ecco, or previously here strongly committed German Rohde or discontinued altogether.

Among the many, settled in various industrial areas of the county municipalities company, is one of the group of companies Corticeira Amorim, which is particularly known for its cork.


The city government provides with the Transfeira a minibus line connecting a circular route along the most important places of the city (business, administrative, educational and health centers ) every hour (weekends lower clocks) departs weekdays from 8:10 to 19:10. The ticket costs 1.50 and incorporates a ride each other can be charged for 0.50, and there are benefits and subscriptions ( a charge of 10 trips, for example, costs 4.50 euros as of February 2013).

In addition, five private companies navigate numerous local and regional bus services in urban concession. The main lines are out of the car Viação Feirense, the car Viação do Souto and Transdev.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • José Vitorino Damasio (1807-1875), entrepreneur, founder of the business association Associação Industrial Portuense (now AEP)
  • Manuel Laranjeira (1877-1912), physician and writer from Mozelos
  • Américo Lopes ( born 1933 in Santa Maria de Lamas ), footballer, goalkeeper
  • Américo Amorim ( born 1934 in Mozelos ), entrepreneur and investor
  • Francisco Ribeiro da Silva ( born 1940 ), historian and university teacher
  • Joaquim Andrade (* 1945 in Travanca ), cyclist
  • Antero Monteiro ( born 1946 in São Paio de Oleiros ), writer
  • Fernando Mendes (1949-2001), cyclist from Rio Meão
  • Joaquim Sousa Santos (1953-2012), cyclist from São João de Ver
  • Carlos Alberto de Pinho Moreira Azevedo (* 1953 in Milheirós de Poiares ), Auxiliary Bishop of Lisbon
  • Francisco Chalo ( b. 1964 ), football coach
  • Osvaldo Ferreira ( born 1964 in Paços de Brandão ), violinist and orchestra leader
  • Martelinho (* 1974 in Lourosa ), football coach
  • Pedro Novo (* 1976 in Paços de Brandão ), musician, DJ and producer
  • Hugo de Almeida ( born 1980 ), film director
  • Sérgio Gabriel da Silva Andrade (* 1982 in Souto ), football player
  • Daniel Márcio Sousa Santos ( b. 1983 in São João de Ver ), football player
  • André Martins ( * 1990), football player
  • Ivo Pinto ( * 1990 in Lourosa ), football player