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Portugal: Douro Litoral

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Date: 2019
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Douro Litoral

Douro Litoral (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈdowɾu lituˈɾal]) is a historical province of Portugal. It is centered on the city of Porto, now the capital of the Norte Region. The province comprised of the entirety of Porto District, plus the municipalities of Arouca, Espinho, Santa Maria da Feira, and Castelo de Paiva, from Aveiro District, and Cinfães and Resende, from Viseu District.

Modern Provinces

Metropolitan Area of Porto Subregion



Tâmega Subregion

Ave Subregion

Entre Douro e Vouga Subregion

Correspondence with Religious Divisions

A great deal of genealogical information is present in Catholic records, available online in Tombo.pt. Those records are physically located in districtal archives, matching the current civil subdivisions of Portugal. The lowest religious division, the parish (Portuguese: freguesia), roughly resembles the civil parishes prior to the reorganisation in 2013. However, the municipalities (Portuguese: concelho or município) they were part of could have changed over time; dioceses are roughly in the area of the current districts, though their actual shapes might differ drastically. Thus, it is important to keep in mind, when consulting religious records, which parishes belonged where.

All of Douro Litoral Province falls into the Archdiocese of Braga. The main diocese in the province is Diocese of Porto, though it extends south to Beira Litoral. The parishes of Cinfães and Resende are currently part of Diocese of Lamego,[1] while Póvoa do Varzim and some parishes of the municipality of Vila Nova do Conde are directly controlled by the Archdiocese of Braga. The only See (Portuguese: ) in the province is the Cathedral of Porto in the civil parish of Sé, Porto.


  1. Some documents might be lodged in the archive of the Diocese of Lamego, instead of the districtal one of Viseu.

17:13, 19 February 2020 (UTC)

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