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Leça da Palmeira (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈlɛsɐ dɐ paɫˈmɐjɾɐ]) is a former civil parish in the municipality of Matosinhos in the Greater Porto area, Portugal. In 2013, the parish merged into the new parish Matosinhos e Leça da Palmeira.[1] It has 5.97 km² and had 17.215 inhabitants in the 2001 census.

Leça da Palmeira
Coat of arms of Leça da Palmeira
Coat of arms
LocalFregMatosinhos-LeçaDaPalmeira.svg
CountryPortugal
Region
MunicipalityMatosinhos
Disbanded2013
Area
 • Total5.97 km2 (2.31 sq mi)
Population
 (2001)
 • Total17,215
 • Density2,900/km2 (7,500/sq mi)
Websitehttp://www.juntadefreguesia.com
Farol da Boa Nova, Leça da Palmeira.

It has a rich cultural heritage, namely Fort of Leça de Palmeira, Piscinas de Marés (Swimming Pools on the Beach) developed by the well-known architect Siza Vieira, Boa Nova Tea House (also developed by Siza Vieira), Quinta da Conceição Municipal Park (by Fernando Távora) and other religious monuments as Corpo Santo, Santana, and Boa Nova churches.

It is home of the international Leixões seaport, the country's second largest; Petrogal, and an oil refinery. In sport, the parish includes a football club, Leça FC, and a basketball club, Grupo Desportivo de Basquete de Leça.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Diário da República. "Law nr. 11-A/2013, pages 552 68-69" (pdf) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 28 July 2014.

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