Castelo de Paiva

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Castelo de Paiva (Portuguese pronunciation: [kɐʃˈtɛlu ðɨ ˈpajvɐ] (About this soundlisten)) is a town and a municipality of the Aveiro District in Portugal. The population in 2011 was 16,733,[1] in an area of 115.01 km².[2]

Castelo de Paiva
Flag of Castelo de Paiva
Coat of arms of Castelo de Paiva
Coordinates: 41°04′N 8°15′W / 41.067°N 8.250°W / 41.067; -8.250Coordinates: 41°04′N 8°15′W / 41.067°N 8.250°W / 41.067; -8.250
Country Portugal
Intermunic. comm.Tâmega e Sousa
 • PresidentGonçalo Rocha (PS)
 • Total115.01 km2 (44.41 sq mi)
 • Total16,733
 • Density150/km2 (380/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC±00:00 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+01:00 (WEST)

On 4 March 2001 at 9 pm, a 116-year-old metal bridge linking the parish/council of Sobrado (a.k.a. Castelo de Paiva) and Entre-os-Rios (a bridge connecting Castelo de Paiva to Penafiel) collapsed, killing 59 people, including those in a bus from the Asadouro company and three cars that were attempting to get to the other side of the Douro river.[3] The Hintze Ribeiro Bridge disaster prompted accusations of government negligence, and the Public Works minister Jorge Coelho resigned shortly after the disaster. There is a monument near the bridge in honour of the people who died, known as the "Anjo de Portugal" (The Angel of Portugal).

The Mayor is Gonçalo Rocha, elected by the Socialist Party (PS). His term goes until 2021.

The municipal holiday is 24 June, Saint John's day.

Monument in memory of the victims of the Hintze Ribeiro disaster in 2001


Population of Castelo de Paiva Municipality (1801–2004)
1801 1849 1900 1930 1960 1981 1991 2001 2011
6691 7586 9728 11450 17756 17026 16515 17338 16733


Administratively, the municipality is divided into 6 civil parishes (freguesias):[4]

  • Fornos
  • Raiva, Pedorido e Paraíso
  • Real
  • Santa Maria de Sardoura
  • São Martinho de Sardoura
  • Sobrado e Bairros

Points of interestEdit

  • Câmara Municipal (Municipal Palace)
  • Largo do Conde (Cont's Square)
  • Douro River
  • Passadiços do Paiva (Paiva Walkways)
  • Paiva River

The Legend of Saint Anthony in Castelo de PaivaEdit

Researchers, archeologists and journalists have found documents[5] that proves the connection between Saint Anthony of Padua and Castelo de Paiva. His parents, Martim de Bulhões, and D. Teresa Taveira were born in this council.[6]


Castelo de Paiva has only one newspaper, the Jornal Paivense, an online portal that brings daily news to the inhabitants of Castelo de Paiva, Cinfães, Arouca and its neighborhoods.


  1. ^ Instituto Nacional de Estatística
  2. ^ "Áreas das freguesias, concelhos, distritos e país". Archived from the original on 2018-11-05. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  3. ^ Entre-os-Rios: Seis técnicos na barra do tribunal amanhã Archived 2012-02-10 at the Wayback Machine in Diário Digital, April 18, 2006
  4. ^ Diário da República. "Law nr. 11-A/2013, page 552 35" (pdf) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  5. ^ "No Dia de Santo António, documentos apontam sua ligação com Castelo de Paiva". Jornal Paivense (in Portuguese). 2019-06-13. Retrieved 2019-06-26.
  6. ^ "Jornal fundado por luso-brasileiro em Portugal comprova origem de Santo Antônio em Castelo de Paiva". EXAME (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-06-26.

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