Argivai Zona Portuguesa da Póvoa de Varzim

Argivai Union is a parish of the zone of parishes of Povoa de Varzim, Beiriz e Argivai. Parish since medieval times, It was also an old parish, We had this civil status of 1836 is 1842 is, for the last time, between 1853 is 2013. It is one of the ecclesiastical parishes of the city of Povoa de Varzim and is divided into two parts: Argivai and Gândara. Parish parent of Varzim until the fifteenth century, a Argivai They are associated with religious devotions poveiras (is, inherently, the Caxinas and Puddle of Barca), as the Lord of Miracles, Our Lady of Good Success and the Angel of the Day.

The name of the parish is of Germanic origin and comes from Argivadi; however it is popularly known in Povoa de Varzim as Angel, pois a Argivai It is associated with the Angel of the Day, when poveiras people gathered in the thickets place for a family picnic, since the population there had origin.

Once the parish Argivai It encompassed the whole of Varzim. Note however that was Povoa, from the foundation of Portucalense County, a vast feudal terrório with administrative autonomy and military, an honor knights, covering all or territory from coast to mountains of Laundos years and earthy. In inquiries to 1220, says that in Reguengo de Varzim, it was the butler puts the King, there was 20 couples, that gave the king, when I was coming, 6 pension funds.

In 1626, abbess I do Mosteiro de Santa Clara Vila do Conde, D. Maria de Meneses, started the construction of a pipeline that would transport water from a spring in Terroso to the monastery. The aqueduct quickly became the main landscape and architectural mark of the parish and one of the main reasons of interest. It is classified as a National Monument since 1910.

With the political autonomy of Povoa de Varzim and the permanence of the parish Argivai in the fields of Barcelos, its territory was the subject of contention between the two municipalities. Been parish Argivai a perder, again, territory 1707, attached to Varzim. In 1836, the parish is attached to the county but poveiro, no ano de 1842, he even disappear, It is attached to the parish of Povoa. Just before the new reform 1853, Argivai It was already recovered. Only in 2006, with the new urban plan, the village joins the city fully and meets a significant population expansion and the installation of equipment common to the cities of Povoa de Varzim and Vila do Conde, namely the pole of Superior Industrial Studies and Management School, the future Hospital Povoa de Varzim / Vila do Conde and Business Center Agros.

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