Leiria Off The Beaten Path

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    "Maranchão"

    by solopes Updated Dec 19, 2013

    When I lived in Leiria (50 years ago) "Maranchão" was a warning - a place not advisable in the outskirts of the city. Now is a gardened area inside the growing town, with imaginative spaces for kids.Well done!

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    Farms

    by solopes Updated Dec 19, 2013

    Leiria grew quickly to the west, occupying the plane fields along the river.

    Many traditional houses and settlements were sacrificed to the big blocks. However, a few old buildings were left behind, some of them beautiful enough to justify the question: till when?

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    Fonte das Carrancas

    by solopes Updated Dec 16, 2012

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    Right in the centre of town, we have the "Fonte Grande" (Big Fountain) or fonte das Carrancas. When in 1962 I went to study in Leiria, the lady that rented me the room warned me that "Who drinks the water of Fonte Grande will marry in Leiria".

    I took it as a challenge, drunk the water, and... married many years later in Batalha, with Fernanda, from Turquel as me. I never met the kind lady again, but I'm sure that, if I did, she would insist: "See? Batalha and Turquel, belong to where? Leiria district!". All those years passed the water keeps running in this Baroque fountain, and people keeps marrying... Well, not much! Shortage of water?

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    Convent of St Agostinho

    by solopes Updated Dec 16, 2012

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    This convent, two or three hundred meters apart from the centre, was built in the 16th century, still holding a Baroque facade. The incidents of history made it become part of a military headquarters until very recently.

    Now, the local authorities are preparing the recuperation of the cloisters, but the church may already be visited. In the back stands the church of Nª Srª da Encarnação.

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  • Old Leiria

    by henrykkanada Written Sep 6, 2007

    Old Leiria lies to the west of Jardim Luis de Camoes. There are narrow, winding, sloping streets. An excellent illustration of ceramic tile decoration can be seen on a building facing the Cathedral Se. See Picture 1. The upper floor has geometric patterns, and the lower floor has four figures. See a close up of two of the figures in Picture 2. There are rooms built above the street. Pictures 3 and 4 show two of these. Picture 5 shows a courtyard well decorated with flowers.

    Ceramic Tile Decorated Building Close Up of Ceramic Tiles Flowered Courtyard Room Bridge I Room Bridge II
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    Batalha

    by acemj Written Mar 16, 2003

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    Batalha is very close to Leiria and can be reached by bus or car. If you're in Leiria, you probably already are planning to visit the amazing Gothic and Manueline cathedral which is a true masterpiece of flamboyant architectural style.

    Check out my Batalha page for more info.

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    Is this the Netherlands?

    by acemj Updated Mar 16, 2003

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    Nope. We saw this Spanish style windmill in the countryside near Leiria as we were driving by some tiny village in the hills. There are plenty of interesting sights to see away from the major towns and sights in Portugal, so if you can rent a car, I'd recommend it.

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    Alcobaça

    by acemj Written Mar 16, 2003

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    The amazing monastery at Alcobaça is easily reached from Leiria by bus or car and is well worth a visit.

    Check out my Alcobaça page for more details.

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