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Coat of arms of Góis
Góis (Portugal)
Basic data
Region : Centro
Sub-region : Region of Coimbra
District : Coimbra
Concelho : Góis
Coordinates : 40 ° 9 ′  N , 8 ° 7 ′  W Coordinates: 40 ° 9 ′  N , 8 ° 7 ′  W
Residents: 2171 (as of June 30, 2011)
Surface: 72.87 km² (as of January 1, 2010)
Population density : 30 inhabitants per km²
Mayor : Alberto Jorge Alves dos Reis
Address of the municipal administration: Junta de Freguesia de Góis
Rua 5 de Outubro, n.º2
3330-341 Góis
Website: www.freguesiadegois.pt
District of Góis
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Flag of Góis Location of the Góis district
Residents: 4260 (as of June 30, 2011)
Surface: 263.3 km² (as of January 1, 2010)
Population density : 16 inhabitants per km²
Number of municipalities : 4th
Administration address: Câmara Municipal de Góis
Praça da República
3330-310 Góis
President of the Câmara Municipal: Dr Maria de Lurdes Oliveira Castanheira ( PS )
Website: www.cm-gois.pt
The Góis Bridge

Góis is a vila (small town) in Portugal . It is the seat of the eponymous district ( concelho ) and the eponymous municipality ( Freguesia ), in the district of Coimbra .


The place is about 45 km east of the district capital Coimbra , on the edge of the Serra da Lousã , a foothill of the Iberian Scheidegebirge .

The municipality of Góis, 1910


After the place was officially mentioned for the first time in 1113, it received city rights ( Foral ) for the first time in 1352 , which were renewed and expanded in 1516 by King Manuel I. In 1810 Góis suffered looting by French troops from the Napoleonic invasions .

In 1912 the Monte Redondo hydropower plant was built on the Rio Ceira to supply electricity for a paper mill. Góis became the first district in the Coimbra district with a nationwide electricity supply. With the start of the armament efforts at the end of the 1930s, in the run-up to the Second World War , the tungsten mined here gave the town a further boost. After the end of the war, however, tungsten production came to a standstill. In 1950 the paper mill supplied the entire Góis district with its hydroelectric power station.

After the Carnation Revolution in 1974 and the further increase in energy consumption, EDP took over the local power grid from the paper mill, which ceased operations in 1992 and also gave up its power generation concession from Monte Redondo , which ran until 2002, to a private operator.

Culture and sights

The Igreja de Santa Maria Maior , above Góis

In Góis there are 32 listed buildings, including a number of fountains, mansions , former public buildings, and various churches, such as the Igreja Paroquial de Góis (parish church). Originally built in the 15th century, the church, officially called Igreja de Santa Maria Maior (English: Church of St. Mary the Greater), was rebuilt several times, and today it bears u. a. Gothic and Manueline elements. In addition, the Renaissance bridge from the 15th century, which is often called “Romanesque” or “Roman” , is also a listed building, as is the historical center of Góis as a whole.

In the municipality there are a number of old villages in traditional slate construction, including four of the 27 historical slate villages of the Aldeias do Xisto , namely Aigra Nova , Aigra Velha , Comareira , and Pena . Various themed hiking trails lead along them through the wooded, often almost untouched nature.



GOI.png Góis is the seat of a district of the same name. The neighboring areas are (starting clockwise in the north): Arganil , Pampilhosa da Serra , Pedrógão Grande , Castanheira de Pêra , Lousã and Vila Nova de Poiares .

With the territorial reform in September 2013, the municipalities ( Freguesias ) Cadafaz and Colmeal were combined to form the new municipality União das Freguesias de Cadafaz e Colmeal . Since then, the district has consisted of the following four municipalities:

District of Góis
local community Population
Density of
population / km²
Alvares 812 100.57 8th 060601
Cadafaz e Colmeal 348 70.16 5 060606
Góis 2,171 72.87 30th 060604
Vila Nova do Ceira 929 19.70 47 060605
District of Góis 4,260 263.30 16 0606

Population development

Population in the Góis district (1801–2011)
1801 1849 1864 1878 1890 1900 1911 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1981 1991 2001 2011
4,894 6.332 10,285 10.100 10,797 11,493 12,466 12,335 12,230 12,488 11,103 9744 6955 6434 5372 4861 4260

Town twinning

Góis maintains the following city ​​partnership :

Web links

Commons : Góis  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. www.ine.pt - indicator resident population by place of residence and sex; Decennial in the database of the Instituto Nacional de Estatística
  2. a b Overview of code assignments from Freguesias on epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu
  3. www.ine.pt - indicator resident population by place of residence and sex; Decennial in the database of the Instituto Nacional de Estatística
  4. www.monumentos.pt (under Cronologia ), accessed on November 24, 2012
  5. www.monumentos.pt , accessed on November 24, 2012
  6. ditto
  7. ditto
  8. ^ Publication of the administrative reorganization in the Diário da República gazette of January 28, 2013, accessed on March 16, 2014
  9. List of Gói's partnerships with the Association of Portuguese District Governments (ANMP), accessed on January 5, 2019