Alenquer

Alenquer is the third largest municipality of Lisbon's district, being framed by the Serra de Montejunto, in the North, and by Monte Redondo and Serra da Ota hill tops in the South. Its name comes from "Alen Ker", meaning "the willingness of Alão", referring to the alano dog, a breed of hunting and combat dogs, which is still present in the village's coat of arms. Its privileged location was coveted by invaders since ancient times, being discovered not only archaeological remains, but also legends and varied traditions. We can, for example, find some fossils of prehistoric animals between Carregado and Cadafais. The castle of the village also tells us a little of the history of the village: built by the Alans, it was refurbished by the Arabs and later rebuilt by Dom Afonso Henriques. It received the town charter in 1212 by the hand of infanta Dona Sancha, daughter of Dom Sancho I. One of the illustrious sons of the land is Damião de Góis, a Portuguese historian that deeply marked the Renaissance in Portugal. His tomb, classified as a national monument, can be visited in Igreja de São Pedro chapel, in Alenquer. To accompany its famous wines, in Alenquer you can find culinary delights, such as the bacalhau à Adega, the sarrabulho (kind of pork stew), the broa de mel (honey cornbread) and the argolas (fried sweets made with anise).

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