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Partido Popular Party CDS-PP Parliamentary Group Assembly of the Republic-Palace of Saint Benedict-1249-068 Lisboa-Phone: 21 391 9233-Fax: 21 391 7456 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org DRAFT law No. 707/X/4th Elevation of Valencia town explanatory memorandum 1-historical facts the village of Valença, received a Charter of Sancho I, being at the time designated by Contrasts. Changed to its current name in 1262. Its origins are very remote, already in Roman times there were two Roman roads, served by two bridges in s. Pedro da Torre and two others in Urgeira. The average age was instrumental in Valencia. The pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela from Ponte de Lima, Barcelos, Braga or had Port for mandatory crossing point the pier in Valença. The Queen Santa Isabel crossed the River at this point, in 1325. But the great importance and historical significance of Valença is military. Defensive bulwark, bastion of our nationality, countless times harassed by Spanish neighbor, the stronghold of Valencia played a decisive role, over the centuries, in the defense of territorial integrity. Currently, Valencia plays an important commercial and tourist role.
2. location of the current town of Valencia, is the seat of the municipality of Valença, in the District of Viana do Castelo, in the North of the country bordering Spain. This County is bordered by the municipality of Monção, Paredes de Coura to the South and with the Vila Nova de Cerveira in the West, and these three Counties are all part of the Vale do Minho. 2 North, the Minho river separates Valencia of the Spanish lands of neighboring Galicia. Its area is 117 Km2 and consists of 16 parishes.
3. Population the population of Valença, in recent years, seconds I.N.E. Data-National Institute of statistics, a growth, contrary to the declining trend in the region. The latest data from I.N.E. indicate that Valencia, has an estimated resident population, in 2007, of 14,314 people, more 256 inhabitants than in 2001.
4. Voters the parish of Valencia was on 31 December 2008, 3,172 voters.
5. Valencia is a Strong Square Heritage considered to be one of the main military fortifications in Europe, extending with about of 5 km of walled perimeter overlooking the rio Minho. The stronghold is a work of Gothic and Baroque military architecture whose first walls were built in the 13th century and currently has a system, like Vauban bastions, built in the 17th and 18th centuries. The square Fort of Valencia the following monuments: Church of St Mary of the angels-Romanesque temple, 19th century. XIII, with longitudinal plant. Collegiate Church of Saint Stephen-. XIII, Romanesque temple, with neoclassical and reconstruction that was headquarters of the old Collegiate Church of Valence and Bishop of Ceuta. Inside the Gothic-mudéjar, episcopal Chair. XV. Military Chapel of the Bom Jesus-. XVII, of neoclassical and Baroque architecture. Chapel of the Date-. 18TH CENTURY Baroque architecture, evident in the procession steps, with the famous Sermon. Capela da Misericórdia-. XVI, Baroque and neoclassical architecture. Inside, the sculpture of the "Sir" in card, designed by the Master Teixeira Lopes. Armory of the butcher shop-. XVIII, military warehouse, surrounded by high walls with rectangular portal between pilaster. Supplies of Mars-. XVIII, 2 rectangular rooms military warehouse. Roman – Milestone 3. I D. C. Curtains of St. Francis-the Armory of the fortress, to the East, along the Ramparts of Saint Francis and the Faro. Military Governor's palace-housed the Royal Artillery School of Valencia. The former Domus Municipalis-. XIV, the donkey, brick vaults and their arcades. Doors of the Crowned-. XVII, built by King d. Pedro II, are the main entry into the fortification. The village – source. XV is a source Rock. Statue of s. Teotónio-on Crowned, opposite the Military do Bom Jesus Chapel, honors the first Saint born in Portuguese Valença secular metal bridge, Eiffel model, jewelry of the European industrial archaeology.
6-Collective Equipment the town of Valencia has, at its core, a hospital centre and SAP, medical clinics and pharmacies.
The town of Valencia, provides for protection, rescue and safety of a Volunteer fire brigade trained and equipped within the framework of the Civil Protection national authority and of a post of National Republican Guard that the secondment.
The town of Valencia, the level of social support, offers:-Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Valença-Welfare Centres with Valances, day care and home support.
-Kindergartens, kindergarten and Studio of leisure time.
Currently the town of Valencia has several Cultural and recreational Associations that greatly contribute to the cultural development of the town.
There are in the village a set of infrastructures and associations of the municipality, with appreciable quality and quantity, which address the needs of various activities such as soccer fields, Sports Pavilion, swimming pool.
4 the town of Valencia, also has a train station, a post office, banks, a border post, the Office of technical support to local authorities, a pole of the EUROS.
The village of Valença offers in its urban core, primary schools, a school EB 2.3 and a high school.
In addition to several restaurants, bakeries, bars, cafes, Hotels and guesthouses.
The village has regular urban transport.
The village of Valencia offers a wide range of parks, gardens and green areas.
7-Conclusion by the foregoing is evident that the town of Valença brings together not only all conditions as are legally required for lifting the city to materialize, but also many other factors that make it possible to lift the city of Valença, seat of the municipality of Valença in the District of Viana do Castelo.
In view of the above, the signatory Members understand that they are meeting the requirements of article 13 in conjunction with article 14 of law No. 11/82, of 2 June, to the town of Valencia is elevated to the category of city. In these terms, whereas the village of Valencia meets the stipulated, the undersigned Members of the parliamentary group of the CDS-PP feature, under the constitutional provisions and regulations applicable, the following draft law: Article only the village of Valença, in the municipality of Valença, is elevated to the category of City. 5 s. Bento Palace, 31 March 2009 Members
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