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MEDIEVAL WALLS AND CASTLE
As we look at it, it is impossible not to travel back in time to the age of lance-brandishing, armour-bearing, pennon-waving knights. The castle itself is of Gothic style, with proudly protruding cylindrical and parallelepiped towers. As we enter its premises we come across a very peculiar architecture structure, with Manueline-style windows: the very sunny Paço de Armas (main hall).
The walls which circle the village have many sections, from many different epochs: The Torre do Facho (light tower) has an inscription from king Dinis, while the Torre de Menagem (prison tower) has a corner shield from king Fernando. Later on, king Manuel I also rebuilt the walls.
When one is ambling through the village streets, it is always possible to see the walls at the end of those same streets, and when one walks on the walls, one can see the entire village from above.
SAINT MARY’S CHURCH
The right side of the main façade has a slender, lavish belfry. It has a Renaissance front and portico, being the two pair of columns in a Classic style. The three nave interior has an important number of tombs, altars and sculptures. However, the true jewel of the crown of this religious building is its painted altarpiece.
SAINT TIAGO’S (JAMES) CHURCH
Its architecture is not extraordinary at all but its whole aspect, with its position in the narrow streets and with the tower annexed to it, gives it a very incomparable quality.
VILLAGE’S GATE
The village of Óbidos has six entries. However, this one, on the south, has a kind of cinematographic effect upon the visitors. It is built on one of the walls’ corners, and between rows of houses. It has a small chapel-oratory from the 18th century built within it, on the first floor level, richly covered in white and blue tiles of rare beauty, and also has a small balcony with a window-door.
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