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Óbidos is a Medieval walled town where time has passed it by. Within the extensive walls there are narrow cobbled streets, houses painted white with blue or yellow trim, flower boxes and old lamp lights. It has been well preserved, TV antennas and telephone wires are all underground to maintain the Medieval atmosphere. There are many churches and chapels among the houses. Several had to be restored after the earthquake of 1755. The Parish Church of Santa Maria is notable and pays homage to the famous local artist - Josefa d”Óbidos.

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  • 1. http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/sandamichaela-1995233-obidos2/
  • 2. Óbidos is a town of approximately 3100 inhabitants located in the Estremadura Province, in Portugal. The area was taken from the Moors by the first King of Portugal, Afonso Henriques, in 1148
  • 3. Church of Santa Maria
  • 4. The area of the town of Óbidos is located on a hilltop, encircled by a fortified wall, but divided between the two parishes of São Pedro and Santa Maria in the municipality of Óbidos. The Church of Santa Maria was the setting for the wedding of King Afonso V to his cousin, Princess Isabella of Coimbra, on 15 August 1441, when they were both still children aged 9 and 10, respectively
  • 5. The mannerist portico (main entrance) holds an image of Our Lady of Assumption
  • 6. Praça de Santa Maria
  • 7. Pelourinho e Telheiro
  • 8. Chafariz e pelourinho Fountain and pillory Pelourinho e Telheiro (Pillory) It was built in granite in the in the end of the 15th century. It represented power, as well as a symbol of municipal independence. It was also used to punish criminals. On one side, it has a shield with the royal coat of arms; and on the other side, a fishing net that Queen Leonor of Lencastre gave to the town in memory of the loss of her son, the Royal prince Afonso, representing the fishing net in which the fishermen brought the body of her only son who died in a hunting accident.
  • 9. Praça de Santa Maria
  • 10. Located in Saint Mary’s Square, this church is found in the main square of the Town. Legend has it that it was founded during the Visigoth period. Later, it became a Mosque and after King Afonso Henriques’ conquest from the Moors, it became a Christian Temple once again. Saint Teotónio was its first prior of this church. Later, King João III endowed it his wife, Queen Catarina of Austria King Afonso V of Portugal
  • 11. The 1535 earthquake damaged this church, but it was immediately reconstructed. It was commissioned by Queen Catarina and prior Rodrigo Sanches. It was after these works that this church got its current appearance The interior is divided in three naves and has a painted wooden ceiling dated back to 1676.
  • 12. The walls are covered with blue and white tiles from c. 1680-1690.
  • 13. In the chancel, covered with blue and yellow tiles, one can find the retable (c. 1620-1622) by the painter João da Costa
  • 14. Capela do S. Sacramento
  • 15. Capela da Epístola
  • 16. one of the first works of art of the Portuguese Renaissance, the tomb of João de Noronha and his wife Isabel de Sousa. It is considered a national monument and dates back to 1529-1532. It is made from ançã stone, coming from the region of Coimbra.
  • 17. the high choir, the pipe organ from the 17th century
  • 18. Text: Internet Pictures: Sanda Foişoreanu Internet Copyrights of the photos belong to each photographer Presentation: Sanda Foişoreanu www.slideshare.net/michaelasanda Sound: Dulce Pontes & Ennio Morricone - O Amor A Portugal