|Coordinates: 39°24′N 8°29′W / 39.400°N 8.483°WCoordinates: 39°24′N 8°29′W / 39.400°N 8.483°W|
|Subregion||Lezíria do Tejo|
|Intermunic. comm.||Lezíria do Tejo|
|• President||Rui Manuel Lince Singeis Medinas Duarte (PS)|
|• Total||84.32 km2 (32.56 sq mi)|
|• Density||70/km2 (180/sq mi)|
|Time zone||WET/WEST (UTC+0/+1)|
Golegã (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɡɔlɨˈɣ̞ɐ̃]) is a small municipality in Santarém District in Portugal. The population in 2011 was 5,913, in an area of 84.32 km².
Administratively, the municipality is divided into 3 civil parishes (freguesias):
|Population of Golegã municipality|
The main historical sight of Golegã is its main church Igreja Matriz da Golegã, built in the early 16th century in Manueline (Portuguese late Gothic) style. The remarkable main portal and the ribbed vaulting inside the main chapel are its most important artistic features.
Near Golegã village is located the Quinta da Cardiga, a manor house with its origin in a 12th-century donation to the Knights Templar. Originally the site of a castle, the property was remodelled in the 16th century into a Renaissance rural palace.
The winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature, José Saramago, was born in the parish of Azinhaga in 1922.
The distinguished goalkeeper Manuel Bento, having 63 caps in the national team to his credit, including games at the UEFA Euro 1984 and 1986 FIFA World Cup final tournaments, was born in the Golegã village in 1948.
Golegã is considered the capital of the horse (Capital do Cavalo), and it has been the site for the gathering of breeders since at least the 18th century. Two fairs take place every November in Golegã: The Feira Nacional do Cavalo (National Horse Fair) and the Feira Internacional do Cavalo Lusitano, dedicated to the Lusitano horse.
- Municipality official website
- Feira da Golega.com
- (French) Feira nacionale do cavalo (photo reporting)
- Photos from Golegã