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    Ginja on little Chocolate Cups

    by MarioPortugal Written Jul 12, 2006

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    Ginja is a typical Portuguese sweet liquor and Óbidos is also known for making this popular drink out of fruits grown in the region.

    Recently it became very popular to sell Ginja on small Chocolate cups to those many tourists that visit Óbidos regularly.

    Each chocolate cup with Ginja costs 1 Euro. One savours the Ginja first, then eats the cup. This is great :)

    I do confess that whenever I visit Óbidos it's my personal ritual to enjoy Ginja on those little Chocolate Cups. ehehe :)

    Ginja on little Chocolate Cups Ginja on bottles to sell by the glass

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    Sheltered Within the Walls

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Oct 16, 2004

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    We took our time ambling along the wall, taking photos. However, 20 minutes after passing through the gate, we were on top of the southern tower after climbing up its stone steps.

    It provides a great view in all directions, this particular shot being a variation of the one on the opening page, showing the small houses that we had walked past as we traversed the lower walls. The entire narrow town is sheltered by these walls, with the large towers keeping watch at either end of the settlement.

    Another Overview - From the Southern Tower
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    Aqueduct

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Oct 18, 2004

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    While still perched on our tower (there was only one other couple up there - loaded down with major photographic equipment), we turned our view to the east for a great view of this aqueduct. I am always impressed by the style and longevity of the architectural marvels of the ancient world - why can't we build things like that now?

    This 3-km (2-mile) marvel was constructed in 1573 to bring water to Obidos, on the orders of Queen Catherine of Habsburg. This was a strange time in the history of Portugese Royalty. The linear King, Sebastiao I, was only 3 years old when he became King in 1557 on the death of his grandfather, King Joao III. Because of his tender age, his Spanish grandmother Catherine (wife of Joao III), became the Regent until Sebastiao came of age to assume the duties of King in 1573. He disappeared along with his army in 1578 during an ill-starred invasion of Morocco. This threw the legitimacy of Portugese royalty into such disarray, that they fell under Spanish occupation (1580-1640) shortly after this aqueduct was completed.

    Bringing Water to the Town
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    Castellated Battlements

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Oct 16, 2004

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    As we walked through the beautiful southern gate in the walls around the town, we were surrounded by a large group of French tourists and their guide who was shouting out various points of interest to them. In order to escape this moving mass of people, we immediately turned onto the stone steps just inside the wall, and began our climp up toward the tower at the south end of the village (my opening photo was taken from the distant tower in this photo).

    It was nice to get a bird's eye view while we enjoyed examining these old walls, built in the 1300's after the town was given by King Dinis as a wedding gift to his new wife, Isabel of Aragon. The importance of this town was originally due to its role as a port. However, siltation over the next 200 years gradually made it unuseable. In fact, it now seems that Obidos is quite distant from any useful access to the Atlantic Ocean.

    As we wandered along here, we could look down into the backyards of some houses that we had just passed, hearing and seeing their chickens clucking away as they pecked at seeds.

    Taking Refuge from the Busy Street
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    Igreja de Santa Maria

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Jan 6, 2005

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    As I stood there in the very centre of Obidos, I was quite taken by the very impressive tree growing outside the Church of St. Mary. VT-member 'JLBG' tells me that this is probably a Plane tree, old specimens of which grow to enormous girth with wide-spreading branches.

    Actually this parish church, built in the 1100s, is itself quite famous, most notably as the place of marriage for the future King Afonso V to his cousin Isabel in 1441. It happened that he was 10 at the time and she was 8 !! The interior decor is also supposed to be quite something to behold, but, as usual, we did not have enough time to take a look!

    Igreja Santa Maria & its Tree
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    Bougainvillea Blossoms

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Oct 16, 2004

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    No Portugese town of village would be complete if it did not have an abundance of beautiful vegetation adorning its buildings!

    Obidos was no exception, and I was really struck by this beautiful red Bougainvillea vine growing beside this old doorway. Scratched in the block of granite over the door was the incription 'SEE 1638' - so I take it that this is a very old door!

    I have such pleasant memories of my days in Africa, where I first noticed this type of vine, that I always love to see them!! They have such a great variety of colours too - there was a purple one growing next to this one!

    One of My Favourite Plants!
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    The Town

    by solopes Updated Oct 2, 2014

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    "Once the wedding present of a queen, the preserved medieval town of Obidos lying 100 km north of Lisbon is without doubt one of Portugal's most classic walled settlements. Walking the ramparts, visitors can enjoy views of windmills, vineyards and surrounding farmlands.

    In the residential area below, narrow cobblestone streets are lined with whitewashed houses sporting terracotta roofs. The shops are piled high with local handicrafts, while in spring the town is ablaze with geraniums, morning glories and bougainvillaea"

    (from http://www.portugalvirtual.pt/_tourism/costadeprata/obidos/index.html)

    Yes, I agree and couldn't write it better, always feeling good in Obidos!

    Pillory - Obidos - Portugal Rua Direita- Obidos - Portugal Typical houses- Obidos - Portugal
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    The Medieval Fair --- July 13 to 23, 2006

    by MarioPortugal Updated Jul 19, 2006

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    Since 2002 an annual Medieval Fair has been taking place in Óbidos. The event provides visitors a genuine "dive into to the past" (I'm quoting here the official program). :-)

    It's a fun thin to see. Improvised medieval shops are all over and hundreds of volunteer actors show off their costumes. Visitors might need need to exchange Euros for old (medieval) coins to proceed with their purchases at the shops.

    Click here to play my 13 seconds amateur video recorded in Óbidos on July 18, 2006. This video features Medieval folk music.

    Medieval games and costume-dressed actors interact with visitors for fun. This Medieval Fair is definitely a great history lesson for any children & adult visiting.

    Suggestion: check out my travelogue for more pictures of Óbidos' Medieval time.

    ��bidos' Castle - Medieval Fair 2006 the official promotional placard
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    Wandering the Streets

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Oct 16, 2004

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    Obidos was a very nice town to stroll about. Here is just a typical scene, showing the streets paved with hand-cut stone blocks and the typical white-washed buildings. The colourful blue 'azulejos' and yellow decortive paint stripes are found all over this region of Portugal - the Estremadura. I believe that the building shown here, on the edge of the main town square, is the 18th century manor house known as the Solar da Praca de Santa Maria.

    The tiled roofs, flower pots by the windows and the beautiful chimneys all make this a very scenic spot! Near the end of our wanderings, we were getting both hungry and thirsty. We stopped at a bar in a building similar to this one, but they seemed a bit busy and we realized that our 2-hour parking meter was about to expire.

    We had to cut and run before we could sample any of the delights of Obidos. It actually turned out to be a good thing, because when we did reach Peniche about 30 minutes later, the last boat of the day for 'Ilha da Berlenga' was just about to leave!

    A Quaint Street in Obidos
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    the castle

    by quartinb Updated Oct 14, 2004

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    built in the 13th century by D.Dinis inside of already existing moorish walls. used as a pousada (inn) nowadays is possible to walk at the top of it's walls to overlook the city of Obidos below and admiring those wonderfull little whitie houses rooftops and a lovely landscape a real feast to ones eyes and camera.
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    see the art of a woman with reputation

    by angiebabe Written Jan 1, 2007

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    One of the finest of Portuguese painters was the woman Josefa de Obidos, born in Seville in 1634, she spent most of her life in a convent in Obidos.
    She began as an etcher and miniaturist and this ability to handle detail is a feature of her later full-scale works.

    Thankfully my SLR has such a good ability to get me shots with less light than a lot of other cameras can manage and i am pleased that the attempts i made to get shots of Josefa's retablo in the altar at the Igreja de Santa Maria and also the one and only other picture on display at the nearby museum have turned out satisfactorily without using flash mode.

    The painting to be found in museum in the old town hall is of the priest Faustino des Neves which i thought was great - thankfully the woman looking after the museum let me attempt a photo without my flash!!

    the priest Faustino des neves painting on rightside done by Josefa de Obidos
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    The Castle

    by solopes Updated Dec 18, 2013

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    Some people say it was Roman. Maybe! But, for sure, the actual castle seen in Obidos comes from the Arab occupation, until the XII century.

    Damaged by Lisbon earthquake, it was reconstructed, and now it houses a luxury hotel. If you are in a budget follow the ramparts and watch it from outside (better from north). If you can afford more than 200 euros for a double room, go round and check-in for a historic night.

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    obidos

    by quartinb Updated Oct 14, 2004

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    built inside the walls of a 12th-century castle, the town of Obidos lies alongside one of Portugal's modern highways. lots of small shops offering mostly handycraft to visitors and tourists.
    colorful painting and tile adorns the whited walls of the buildings. Obidos attracts its share of visitors from all over Portugal and the world. alongside with tourist frantic activity the calm and unstressed local inhabitants.
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    santa maria

    by quartinb Updated Oct 14, 2004

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    renaissance buiding at the top of rua direita. a small church to a perfect fit inside the town of obidos. a wonderfull set of azulejos (tiles) and josefa de obidos paintings, a famous 17th century portuguese female painter. the most important one in Obidos. several others at my church tlogue.
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    Visit the principle church Igreja de Santa Maria

    by angiebabe Updated Jan 1, 2007

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    The Igreja de Santa maria in the central square Largo de Sao Pedro dates mainly from the Renaissance period. It is decorated with blue seventeenth century azulejos and strongly decorated ceiling.
    Apparently this church is also famous for having held the wedding of the 10 year old king Afonso V and his eight year old cousin Isabel in 1444.

    The retablo to the right of the altar is painted by one of Portugals finest painters Josefa de Obidos - and yes shes a woman! - she spent years in a convent in Obidos and is one of the few women give any regard or reputation by art historians. I went there specifically to see her work and there is one painting in the small museum around the corner in the adjacent museum which was once the old town hall.

    Due to the aged and historic interior art and decoration no photo taking is allowed and there is a guardian in attendance to supervise and attend to the church. I took a few photos without a flash and am still waiting to see the results.

    altar with retablo on right by Josefa de Obidos Igreja de Santa Maria, Obidos beautiful mix of patterns and colours beautiful blue 17th century azulejos beautiful interior
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