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Inaugurated on December 30, 1951 as a bridge Marechal Carmona, which in time would become known as "de Vila Franca," was one of the largest public works carried out in Portugal and a landmark of the old regime. It was the first crossing over the Tagus in Lisbon Grande, significantly shortening the distance between Porto and Vila Franca Alto (Benavente). With 1224 meters in length, including 520 on the river, the bridge was built in a thousand days and cost $ 130 million escudos.

Vila Franca de Xira (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈvilɐ ˈfɾɐ̃kɐ dɨ ˈʃiɾɐ]) is a municipality in Portugal with a total area of 317.7 km and a total population of 133,224 inhabitants. Situated on the west bank of the River Tagus, just 32 km north-east of the Portuguese capital Lisbon, Vila Franca de Xira is said to have been founded by French followers of Portugal's first king, Afonso Henriques, around 1200.

The town is mostly famous for its bull-running festivals in July and October. Bulls are raised in the salty marshlands of the Ribatejo, which is also a notable breeding ground for the magnificent Lusitano horse, esteemed for its quick reflexes and maneuverability.

A number of brightly-coloured Portuguese bullfighting costumes are on display in the ethnographic museum in the town's bullring, the Pra蓷 de Toiros (or Touros) Palha Blanco. Nearby, the town's Miseric鏎dia church features striking 18th-century azulejos (glazed tiles). You can find too the Museum of Neo-Realism.
3 km south of Vila Franca de Xira lies the Lez甏ia Grande Equestrian Centre, where visitors can watch stylish displays of the impressive Lusitano horses. The centre also stages typical bullfighting spectacles in its outdoor bullring. Visitors can ride Lusitano horses and take dressage lessons at the Quinta de S緌 Sebasti緌, a sprawling estate at Arruda dos Vinhos, 11 km west of Vila Franca de Xira.
The municipality is composed of 11 parishes, and is located in the District of Lisbon.

http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vila_Franca_de_Xira


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2010/09/15 10:43:33.8
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