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    Christ's church

    by solopes Updated Dec 22, 2013

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    Many names for a single church -"Convento de Nossa Senhora de Jesus do Sítio", "Igreja do Hospital" or "Igreja de Cristo" mean the same - a convent from the final of the 17Th century, located in the centre of the city, near southern entrance.

    The convent holds now a school, but the church is a national monument, and annexed to it there's St Francis golden chapel, one of the best gems of Portuguese Baroque.

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    Portas do Sol

    by solopes Updated Dec 22, 2013

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    An old Moorish castle, overlooking the river, is one of the best spots of Santarém.

    Still keeping the medieval walls, the sights over the marshy banks of Tejo extend past Almeirim and Alpiarça.

    A very nice and calm visit, in the centre of town, surrounded by gardens and the historic area.

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    "Torre das cabaças"

    by solopes Updated Dec 22, 2013

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    This square tower, about 26 meters high was built in the 15th century and got its name from eigth pieces of clay with the shape of a calabash, used to amplify the bell's sound.

    It is located in the historic centre, close to Marvila church.

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    City centre

    by solopes Updated Dec 22, 2013

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    Once called the Portuguese Gothic capital, decadence vanished most signs of that time.

    Decadence is a word that hurts the conscience of several generations in Santarém. However, the centre of the city still keeps a few traces of the old days, and recent recuperation works saved enough to turn a stroll in the small old city an interesting pleasure.

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    Graça church

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    One of the best examples of Portuguese Gothic, this church from the 14Th century is particularly famous for its rose window.

    Made from a single stone, it was carved as lace, with a fabulous result. Inside is buried Pedro Alvares Cabral, who discovered Brazil.

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    Seminario church

    by solopes Updated Dec 22, 2013
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    In 1647, king João IV donated the former Royal Palace to the Jesuits in exchange for the construction of a church. With a mannerist facade it has a Baroque interior, with marble altars, tiles and painted ceilings.

    The facing square is the main "living room" of the city, receiving most of the popular meetings and events in town.

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    Misericordia church

    by solopes Updated Dec 22, 2013

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    Built in the 16Th century, this church in late Renaissance style suffered a few modifications, mainly in the facade, damaged by Lisbon's earthquake. Rebuilt in Baroque style, this facade already includes a few Rococo elements.

    Centrally located in the old town, it's easy to visit this church.

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    Alcaçova

    by solopes Updated Dec 22, 2013

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    Located in Portas do Sol area, this is one of the oldest churches in Portugal, built in the 12Th century immediately after its conquest by the Portuguese from the moors.

    However, its actual look is mainly the result of recuperation works in the 18Th century.

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    Bullfight

    by solopes Updated Dec 22, 2013

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    Santarém is the joyfull capital of bullfights, and everything concerning bulls is important in local culture and traditions. I'm not a bullfight lover, but I saw one ( and just one) exactly at... Santarém, of course.

    Even for those who don't like the "corrida", the visit to the fields where the bulls are created in freedom, the contact with the elegant and proud guys that risk their lives in that hard job, with wine, folklore and fado around, are something to remember, and... part of the party.

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    Piedade church

    by solopes Updated Jun 18, 2012
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    Located in Sa da Bandeira square, this church was built in 1664 by king Afonso VI's orders, to celebrate the victory in Ameixial battle.
    In the so called Portuguese Gothic capital, this is a mannerist church, decorated with marble inlaid and a few paintings.

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    Sá da Bandeira

    by solopes Updated Jun 18, 2012
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    The most beautiful square in Santarém is Sá da Bandaeira square. surrounded by classical buildings and churches, the square, closed to traffic, shows in its centre the general's statue, maybe the most remarkable in town.
    Born in Santarém in 1795, Sá da Bandeira was a very active and important politician in the revolutionary 19th century, whose name was given to Lubango city, in Angola, during Portuguese possesion.

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    Garden

    by solopes Updated Jun 18, 2012
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    For a long time a large avenue, the central area of town became a modern garden, pushing the cars to one side. Not too dense, nor inviting to rest, it has some modern sculptures and fountains, covering a subterranean park. I don't know how much did it cost, but as usually in these things, I may guess that it was much more than the amount that the improvement justified.

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    Prison

    by solopes Updated Jun 18, 2012
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    If you visit Santarém you will end asking yourself what will it be a big cupola seen from almost everywhere in town. If you try to approach, it will disappear behind large walls. That's it. It is a military prison.

    Built in 1890, I read that it is the most beautiful iron building in Santarém, but... how to visit it?

    No... I mean how to enter... and exit moments later?

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    City Market

    by solopes Updated Jun 18, 2012
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    If you ask me what is my first and stronger image of Santarém, I would not hesitate to answer - the market. I always loved it - 60 years ago because my parents used to by me there a cake with the shape (and size) of a pigeon, that I couldn't find anywhere else. Now, because it evidences the spirit of town - dynamism and modernity, but with a strong respect for tradition.
    Built in 1924, is has a typical architecture that combines iron and tiles in a very traditional manner.

    I do believe that they keep selling "pigeons" there. For sure!

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    City Hall

    by solopes Updated Jun 18, 2012
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    City Hall occupies since 1954 a palace called "Eugénio Silva" one of the owners in the 19th century, however the palace was built in the 17th for Meneses family.

    It is a sober and nice construction, with two beautiful halls. The garden and the facing square were recently embellished.

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