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ÓBIDOS

A must-see Medieval town

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At the top of a rocky mountain, you will find Óbidos town, surrounded by walls with its whitewashed houses and corners painted blue or yellow. Medieval traces are quite evident and in each corner, you will find picturesque spots that recall ancient times. Completely urrounded by walls, Óbidos has kept five doors and two shutters. The most ancient doors are Treason Door (Porta da Traição) and Siege Door (Porta da Cerca). All around it, its narrow streets, churches and Manueline windows are covered by colourful flowers and climbing plants that give life to this city, classified as National Monument since 1951. On January 11th 1148, D. Afonso Henriques, supported by Gonçalo Mendes da Maia, conquered Óbidos to the Moors. Memory Calvary (Cruzeiro da Memória) is a monument of that period, which was later restored. When King D. Sancho II donated Óbidos to his wife D. Urraca, this town became the dowry of every Portuguese Queen until 1843. Most of Portugal’s Queens have been here. In the 16th century, Catharina of Austria, wife of D. João III, offered Usseira aqueduct, square’s drinking fountain and several fountains. 1755 earthquake was felt with huge intensity in Óbidos. Several protection and restoring measures were taken, in order to renew this tow for tourism purposes, focusing on the urban setting, high impact buildings and structures, Alcaidaria Palace (converted in a Pousada) and some temples. Óbidos was thus defined as Museum-Town, due to the preservation of its most picturesque traces.

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