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1 DRAFT law No. 411/X ELEVATION of BENSAFRIM, LAGOS MUNICIPALITY, village explanatory memorandum I – Of historical reasons Bensafrim is the largest parish in the municipality of Lagos and occupies the far northeast of the County, bounded to the North by the parishes of Bordeira and Aljezur (the municipality of Aljezur) and Marmelete (in the municipality of Monchique) to the East by the parish of Mexilhoeira Grande (the municipality of Portimão) and parish of Odiaxere, South skin parish of St. Sebastian and on the West by the parish of Barão de s. João. The curious and mysterious toponym Bensafrim has earned several analyses. Américo Costa and other authors have pointed out the presence of Arabic mystical and reminiscences with liturgy of the Gospels. The Patron Saint is your s. Bartholomew. Under the archaeological point of view, the Parish has several noteworthy elements, in particular the necropolis of Old Source, or Salmon from the mine, as it is also known and where they were found Roman incinerations where retired pottery shards, nails, guns and some bronzes of the 1st century Bc. The spoils of the pre-Roman necropolis also included ceramic vases, a copper ring, brass rings, fusilhões of fibulae, spearheads in iron, a gold ring, glass beads and colored funerary slabs with Iberian character, similar to others found in the South of the country. The Arabian occupation, and has left many archaeological remains, manifests itself also in toponymy. The main toponym assumed, throughout the ages, various spellings, one of which wanted to Benassaharim, which, according to Frei João de Sousa, means "sorcerers", being related to the verb "Sahara" with the meaning of "delight". Although there are other interpretations as to the meaning of the toponym, in relation to your origin there is consensus between the 2 main authors: this is a name of Arab origin. According to the latest studies, the word unfolds in Well Sat ' r In = Well Sat (i) r In (scribir), IE "Well know sign up", referring to the existence of a lapidary workshop of the protohistoric period, where he carved the "herouns" and possibly provided the whole region of the current western Algarve. The Muslim presence include also the daughters-in-law and the wells and, of greater significance, the silos excavated in the rock. The parish also menhirs were well-developed and easy recognition. Characteristic element is the presence of red sandstone rock, which still exists in the foundations of some houses. The origins of this town date back to the period of sedentarisation, where human existence of megaliths (menhirs) bear witness to the presence of organized communities, especially from the Neolithic period. However, more damning evidence entered in the geographical context of the municipality of Lakes are associated with the romanization of the Iberian Peninsula. Historical heritage of this parish, in addition to the aforementioned archaeological remains include the parish church as well as several windmills and fountain.
II – The Geographic and demographic Characterization the parish of Bensafrim is a predominantly rural area and belongs to the municipality of Lagos. This parish is located in the far northeast of the municipality and occupies an area of approximately 78.117 km2. The parish is irrigated by the river Bensafrim, which rises in the serra de Espinhaço dog and flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The parish of Bensafrim, by successive administrative restructuring operated in the 19th century, it was recognized increased importance in the context of the geographical boundaries of the municipality of Lagos, including the settlement of Barão de s. João over more than half a century, having been restored for more than 70 years and made independent of Bensafrim.
3 the main agglomeration, the village of Bensafrim and headquarters of the parish, developed along the EN 120 that crosses. According to the results of the General Census of the population of 16TH 2001, the village of Bensafrim accounted 1533 inhabitants, i.e. more than 116 in the previous census. It should be noted that on weekends and during the summer the population increases substantially.
III – The Collective Equipments-medical station-extension of Bensafrim Lagos Health Center, with medical and nursing service;
-Collection of clinical analyses.
-Municipal market-daily Sale of vegetables;
-Daily sales of fish.
-Pharmacy-post medicines-Pharmacy Moreira and cheap.
-Communities-Cultural Recreational and Sports Club;
-Association of hunters.
-Collective public transport-Bensafrim is covered by the system of collective transport carried out skin company EVA – transportes SA;
-Bensafrim there is also a taxi rank.
-4-CTT post office extension of lakes with daily service permanent;
-Public telephone Station.
-Recreational Parks and Recreation-Sports complex;
-Elementary School of the 1st cycle;
-Nursing home with day care, resident and home care Users-Bank-Agricultural Credit;
-Insurance Agency IV-economic activity-Shopping the village of Bensafrim stated also in the tourist aspect. With regard to the three economic sectors stand out in parish activities linked to agriculture, bakery, construction industry, trade and tourism.
-Shops and accommodation-Quinta da Bravura;
-Fifth of Scotland;
5-Quinta da Perdiz.
-Office of construction projects (1)-automotive repair shops (2)-repairer of machines (2)-Hairdressers (2)-(5) Restaurants-Snack-Bar (5)-Butcher (1)-mini markets and grocery stores (3)-gas trading (5)-Sale of household utilities (2) fishing articles for sale (1)-Sale of agricultural products (1) purchase of products for animals (1)-trade in construction materials (1)-Bakeries and factories of cakes (3)-Drugstore (1)-construction companies (4)-games for sale Santa Casa da Misericórdia (1)-air conditioning company (1)-waterproofing company (1)-cleaning company and pool maintenance (1)-Monthly Market-annual V-Of Cultural and religious Heritage-Church;
-Well with Arab columns;
Vi – Ecological Heritage
In terms, matter of bravery dam overlook, reserve water main of the municipalities of Portimão and Lagos (inaugurated in the late of 50).
VII – the holidays Traditions are a charm of the parish, contributing to its inhabitants and its visitors are into increasingly for the cultural life of the land, in particular the Organization of the arts and traditions of the Algarve in the first weekend of September, which aims at the social promotion of the parish at different levels, as is your sample gastronomy and confectionery , handmade and farm activities. The popular Saints celebrations have ornamentation of streets with paper flowers made by the population, parade of Popular Marches, sharing the s. Pedro (cake) and fire. The monthly Market takes place on the second Monday of the month. For your part, the 25 of August is the annual fair in the parish.
VIII – the conclusion In light of the above, the Parliamentary Group of the Socialist Party believes that are meeting the requirements of fact and law contained in article 12, in conjunction with article 14, both of law No. 11/82, of 2 June, to the village of Bensafrim is elevated to the category of village. In terms that, under the constitutional provisions and regulations applicable, the members of the parliamentary group of the Socialist Party the undersigned feature the following draft law: Article 7 Only the village of Bensafrim, Lagos, in the District of Faro, is elevated to the category of village.
Assembly of the Republic, 11 October 2007 Members Barbara Noor Pine Slope Hugo Nunes David Martins Emerald Salero Ramires Manuel José Rodrigues
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