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Fundation Alexandrina de Balasar

The Village of Balasar

Balasar is located 12 Km from Póvoa de Varzim, district of Oporto, in the far east of the council. Historically, Balasar is mentioned in the General Inquiries required by D. Afonso II (1220) under the name of “Sancta Eolália de Balazar”. However, this was not the primitive name of the area where the parish presently stands.


In ancient times, Balasar was a Luso-Roman village, belonging to the settlement of Bagunte. The very name «Balazar» is a corruption of «Belisári», which ancient name, as proved in some documents, was «Belsar».

There were here two administrative divisions, one called “Gresufes” and the other called “Casal”, which in 1442 were united and given the name of the smallest place of the parish, Balazar.

Until 1836, Balasar was part of the council of Barcelos, being incorporated in this year in the council of Póvoa de Varzim.

In 1853, Balasar was included in the council of Vila Nova de Famalicão but two years later it returns to Póvoa.


Balasar it's the birthplace of Alexandrina Maria da Costa, deceased in 1955, with fame of holiness and known across the country as the “little saint of Balasar”.


Balasar (aka Balazar) is a Portuguese parish of the council of Póvoa de Varzim, with an area of 11,57 km2and 2 543 inhabitants (2011). Density: 219,8 i/km2.

Marian year
October 31 2017
75th anniversary of the Consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

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Tel. Church: (00351) 252 951 601

Tel. Foundation: (00351) 252 951 264

Tlm Foundation: (000351) 963 649 183

E-mail: fundacao@alexandrinadebalasar.com

Rua Alexandrina Maria da Costa, 21

4570-017 Balasar PVZ


GPS     41º 24' 17'' N    8º 37' 31'' W

Reception Center (Church):

09 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

House of Blessed Alexandrina:

Winter hour

09 a.m. - 12 a.m. and 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Summer hour

Week - 09 a.m. - 12 a.m. and 2 p.m. - 7p.m.

Sunday and Holy days - 8 a.m to 7 p.m.