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Proença-a-Nova (Portugal)
Basic data
Region : Centro
Sub-region : Viseu Dão-Lafoes
District : Castelo Branco
Concelho : Proença-a-Nova
Coordinates : 39 ° 45 ′  N , 7 ° 56 ′  W Coordinates: 39 ° 45 ′  N , 7 ° 56 ′  W
Residents: 4248 (as of June 30, 2011)
Surface: 144.1 km² (as of January 1, 2010)
Population density : 29 inhabitants per km²
Proença-a-Nova county
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Flag of Proença-a-Nova Location of the Proença-a-Nova district
Residents: 8314 (as of June 30, 2011)
Surface: 395.4 km² (as of January 1, 2010)
Population density : 21 inhabitants per km²
Number of municipalities : 4th
Administration address: Câmara Municipal de Proença-a-Nova
Avenida do Colégio
6150-401 Proença-a-Nova
President of the Câmara Municipal: João Paulo Marçal Lopes Catarino

Proença-a-Nova is a vila (small town) and a district ( concelho ) in Portugal with 4248 inhabitants (as of June 30, 2011).

The main church of Proença-a-Nova
The night-lit fountain in Proença-a-Nova
Figure of the patron saint Nossa Senhora da Assunção (English: Our Lady of the Resurrection ) in the main church


The place received its first town charter ( Foral ) in 1244 , still under the name Cortiçeiro (from Portuguese : Cortiça , German: cork). In the course of his administrative reforms, King Manuel I confirmed the town charter in 1512 , which at the same time changed the place name to Vila Melhorada (German: improved small town). In the 16th century the place got its current name.

In the course of the Napoleonic wars on the Iberian Peninsula , the place suffered severe destruction by the French troops around 1810. In the course of the liberal revolution that followed in Portugal , the previously absolutist-minded population turned to the liberals. When absolutist troops camped here on the way to the liberal Coimbra in 1828 , the soldiers were persuaded by the population to rise and join the finally victorious uprising of the liberals.

Until 1834, Proença-a-Nova belonged to the Santarém district , and since then has been part of the Castelo Branco district .

Culture and sights

The numerous protected monuments of the district include historical public buildings, fountains, historical houses, and a variety of sacred buildings , including the main church Igreja Paroquial de Proença-a-Nova (also Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Assunção ), a rebuilt in the 18th century , baroque and Mannerist elements pointing church from the 16th century. The Roman bridge of Proença-a-Nova, the Ponte Romana do Malhadal , is also a listed building.

Proença-a-Nova has a city park, the Jardim de Santa Margarida , and two river baths with extensive infrastructure , of which the Praia Fluvial de Aldeia Ruiva was recognized as being particularly suitable for the disabled.

The village of Figueira is part of the route of the Aldeias do Xisto , the traditional slate villages of the region connected by hiking trails and jointly marketed. Of the eight signposted hiking trails in the Proença district, the PR8 begins in Proença-a-Nova itself and ends in Figueira. Proença-a-Nova is also part of the Naturtejo Geopark , along the PR2 and PR6 hiking trails , Miradouros offer views of rock formations, natural lakes and waterfalls, and bird watching is also possible here.

A number of Turismo rural houses are housed in mostly historical buildings.



PNV.png Proença-a-Nova is the administrative seat of a district of the same name. The neighboring areas are (starting clockwise in the north): Oleiros , Castelo Branco , Vila Velha de Ródão , Mação and Sertã .

With the regional reform in September 2013 , several municipalities were merged into new municipalities, so that the number of municipalities decreased from six to four.

The following municipalities ( Freguesias ) are in the Proença-a-Nova district:

Proença-a-Nova county
local community Population
Density of
population / km²
Montes da Senhora 748 36.73 20th 050802
Proença-a-Nova e Peral 4,969 171.51 29 050807
Sao Pedro do Esteval 527 68.50 8th 050805
Sobreira Formosa e Alvito da Beira 2,070 118.66 17th 050808
Proença-a-Nova county 8,314 395.40 21st 0508

Population development

Population in Proença-a-Nova County (1801–2011)
1801 1849 1900 1930 1960 1981 1991 2001 2011
3021 4187 11,451 14,973 17,552 11,953 11,088 9610 8314

Web links

Commons : Proença-a-Nova  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. - 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
  3. - indicator resident population by place of residence and sex; Decennial in the database of the Instituto Nacional de Estatística
  4. , accessed on January 11, 2013
  5. , accessed on January 11, 2013
  6. ditto
  7. , accessed on January 11, 2013
  8. , accessed on January 11, 2013
  9. ^ Publication of the administrative reorganization in the Diário da República gazette of January 28, 2013, accessed on March 16, 2014