Mortágua

Mortágua
Municipality
View of Mortágua valley
View of Mortágua valley
Flag of Mortágua
Flag
Coat of arms of Mortágua
Coat of arms
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Coordinates: 40°26′N 8°14′W / 40°26′N 8°14′W / 40.433; -8.233
Country Portugal
RegionCentro
SubregionDão-Lafões
Intermunic. comm.Região de Coimbra
DistrictViseu
Parishes7
Government
 • PresidentJosé Júlio Norte (PPD-PSD)
Area
 • Total251.18 km2 (96.98 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total9,607
 • Density38/km2 (99/sq mi)
Time zoneWET/WEST (UTC+0/+1)
Websitehttp://www.cm-mortagua.pt/

Mortágua (Portuguese pronunciation: [muɾˈtaɣwɐ] or [mɔɾˈtaɣwɐ]) is a municipality in the district of Viseu, Portugal. The population in 2011 was 9,607,[1] in an area of 251.18 km².[2]

The present mayor is José Júlio Norte, elected in 2013 by the Social Democratic Party.

History

Legend suggests that that village was formed on a lake; settlers recalled that Água Morta (dead water) existed here, but no physiological evidence remains of the body of water.[3] But, the name overtime stayed and evolved, becoming the variant today of the local municipality.

About 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) from the main village is a hill, covered in vegetation, but whose lateral flank was occupied by a Moorish settlement known as Crasto.[3] Over a cliff archeologists discovered several homes including a building that was defined as a kitchen, on its edge.[3]

By 1895, several chapels were situated on this hilltop, which had become known as Cabeça da Senhora do Mundo (owing to the existence of an image to that invocation).[3]

Other Languages
Bân-lâm-gú: Mortágua
català: Mortágua
Deutsch: Mortágua
español: Mortágua
français: Mortágua
italiano: Mortágua
Bahasa Melayu: Mortágua
Mirandés: Mortágua
Nederlands: Mortágua
norsk: Mortágua
polski: Mortágua
português: Mortágua
русский: Мортагуа
Scots: Mortágua
Türkçe: Mortágua
українська: Мортагуа
Tiếng Việt: Mortágua
Volapük: Mortágua
Winaray: Mortágua
中文: 莫爾塔瓜