Located on the northern edge of town, this convent appears to have been founded sometime between 1710 and 1713 (it is known to be existence in 1730), by members of the Carmelite order of nuns, who fostered and educated abandoned girls. In fact there still exists a “baby wheel” or “foundling wheel” in the convent for the anonymous relinquishing of unwanted babies. The original building was seriously damaged in the 1755 Earthquake and was rebuilt thereafter. The convent features a chapel and cloisters as well as the Belvedere tower at the front which stands over the street. The tower has two bells, one 55 x 64 cm, weighing 190 kg and dated 1794; the second is 33 x 37 cm and weighs 34 kg. The convent, today, is home to the town's cultural centre and hosts exhibitions of painting, photography, sculpture and pottery.
This unusual looking building was built in 1895 and is still used today although the days market offerings were gone when I visited early in the afternoon. Particularly noteworthy is the small bell which crowns the facade which was used to announce the arrival of fresh fish.
If you walk further down the street behind the market building, you'll come to this open street chapel which shows a painting of Christ carrying his cross on tiles which dates from the 18th century.
In August of every year an important commercial and rural produce Fair named Fatacil is held in the town, exhibiting products from all over Portugal. The occasion provides an excuse for enjoyment and national bands and singers entertain the visitors late into the night.
Favorite thing: I parked very close to this building and, as it was open, took a look inside where they had some information leaflets and maps of the town. The building itself was built on an old water reservoir and dates from 1890.