For the Portuguese parish of the municipality of Gavião, see Comenda (Gavião).

In Portugal, a comenda is a benefit that was granted to knights in military orders, but now describes a purely honorary distinction. In the past, comenda could be a piece of land given as a reward for services, together with the duty to defend it from enemies and criminals. The holder of a comenda is called a 'comendador' (commendatory) in Portuguese.[1]

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