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The Castle of Obidos, a Jewel of Portugal

May 21, 2008
In Obidos, we have one of the seven wonders of Portugal. The castle and their medieval lines count some part of Portugals history.

Known by being the Land of the Kings, the council of Obidos, that is about 80 kilometers from Lisbon city, is connected to the course of the foundation of the portuguese nation.

In 1148, Obidos was taken from the Moors, by the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques. Since then, that place was declared one of the jewels of the crown of Portugal, not only by its vast patrimony, but also by the existent cultural dynamism.

The relevance of Obidos is not only that. The council counts with a vast historical patrimony, with monuments and tourist attractions, like the Door of the Town, Door of the valley or Nossa Senhora da Graca and Rua Direita.

Other interesting sites are the Church of Santa Maria, Church of Sao Pedro, Church of Sao Joao Baptista, Chapel of Sao Martinho, Church of the Mercy, Pillory and Telheiro, Church of Sao Tiago, Small chapel of Nossa Senhora do Carmo, Small chapel of Nossa Senhora de Monserrate, besides the Aqueduct and of the Sanctuary of Senhor Jesus da Pedra.

The main mark of that council is the castle of Roman origin. It was conquered by the Christians, in 1148.

Along the times, the castle was repaired and enlarged several times. In the century XX, was in total ruin, having been recovered to install the Lodging that is the first one of the State in historical building.
Nowadays, Obidos and its Castle are some of the seven wonders of Portugal.

Obidos is also known by its cultural dynamism. Several events try to remember a little bit the past of that town, like the Medieval Market, Festival of Operates, International Festival of Chocolate, Obidos Town Christmas and Week Saint. Those are the great events that attract about two million tourists per year to Obidos.

For who appreciates golf, Obidos is an excellence destiny. For 10 years ago, one of the best fields of 18 holes of Europe was built, recognized internationally. Nowadays, we have five new golf courses being built in the municipal district of Obidos.

If you prefer to visit the council in the summer, Obidos still counts with the beaches of Bom Sucesso, Del Rei, Cortico and Covoes.
We also have the Obidos Lagoon, one of the most visited points by the tourists.

The council of Obidos has nine freguesias: A-dos-Negros, Amoreira, Gaeiras, Sao Pedro, Santa Maria, Olho Marinho, Usseira, Sobral da Lagoa e Vau.

The Obidos village is known by being one of the biggest attractions of Portugal.

Hope to meet you soon in Obidos and the Silver Coast!
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