Monforte, Portugal

Monforte (Portuguese pronunciation: [mõˈfɔɾt(ɨ)] (listen)) is a municipality in the District of Portalegre in Portugal. The population in 2011 was 3,329,[1] in an area of 420.25 km2.[2]

Flag of Monforte
Coat of arms of Monforte
Coordinates: 39°03′N 7°26′W / 39.050°N 7.433°W / 39.050; -7.433Coordinates: 39°03′N 7°26′W / 39.050°N 7.433°W / 39.050; -7.433
Country Portugal
Intermunic. comm.Alto Alentejo
 • PresidentGonçalo Nuno Lagem (CDU)
 • Total420.25 km2 (162.26 sq mi)
 • Total3,329
 • Density7.9/km2 (21/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC±00:00 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+01:00 (WEST)

The present Mayor is Gonçalo Nuno Lagem, elected by the Coligação Democrática Unitária.


The human occupation of this territory began in the neolithic period, with small communities farming and cattle raising. The Roman civilization had an important influence in these lands leaving a rich patrimonial legacy.

During the Middle Ages there existed in the territory of the present council two different population nucleus, the Villa of Monforte and the Villa of Assumar.

The first Letter of charter was granted in 1257, by D.Afonso III, to the Villa of Monforte. It would be it given new letter of charter on July 1, 1512, by D. Manuel I. In 1281, D. Dinis offered it to its daughter D. Isabel, as gift of its marriage. In 1455, the Villa of Monforte entered in the ownership of the territorial domain of Bragança's House, through the donation done by D. Afonso V to the count of Arraiolos. The toponym derives of fortified hill or of fort, where the village seems to have had origin.


Administratively, the municipality is divided into 4 civil parishes (freguesias):[3]

  • Assumar
  • Monforte
  • Santo Aleixo
  • Vaiamonte

Notable peopleEdit


  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. ^ Diário da República. "Law nr. 11-A/2013, page 552 76" (pdf) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  4. ^ José Carlos Malato, IMDb Database retrieved 16 July 2021.

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