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“Central calm”
Review of Santa Maria Church

Santa Maria Church
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Óbidos Interactive Self-Guided Tour from Lisbon
Ranked #4 of 32 things to do in Obidos
Certificate of Excellence
Chichester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Central calm”
Reviewed 15 March 2013

Religious or not this church has an ambience suited to pacify your mood. Lovely, cool interior and friendly locals.

Visited October 2012
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Malaga, Spain
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3,577 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3,136 helpful votes
“Beautiful Church”
Reviewed 21 September 2012

The Church of Santa Maria is located at the Praça de Santa Maria. During the time of the Visigoths, it could have been a place of worship. When the Moors came, they built a mosque here. King Afonso Henriques captured the town in 1148 and a Christian church was built on top of the mosque. The present church was reconstructed in the 16th century. It has a white bell tower and a Renaissance portal. The portico has columns from the Renaissance. The church has three naves and the ceiling has beautiful paintings. There are many hand painted tiles from the 17th century. There is a tomb of Joao de Noronha, a commander of the city in the 16th century, and the tomb is considered a Renaissance masterpiece because of its sculpture, created by Joao de Ruao. There are paintings by Josefa de Obidos from the 17th century. The Church of Santa Maria in Obidos was the setting for the wedding of King Afonso V to his cousin, Princess Isabella of Coimbra, on August 15, 1441, when they were both still children aged 9 and 10, respectively.

Visited September 2012
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Warszawa, Polska
Level 6 Contributor
353 reviews
268 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 274 helpful votes
“Obidos is Great, this church nothing Outstanding”
Reviewed 9 September 2012

When travelling by car in Portugal you should visit Obidos. The town is really something and worth a half/full day visit. The Santa Maria Church is one of the attractions that make the place magical, but if rated solely, it is nothing more than average. There are a few more churches in Obidos and much more more lovely places to see. If it was not in Obidos I would have ranked a bit lower ;) The square in front is nice and the interiors full of architecture from the era.

Visited October 2011
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Kitchener, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Beautiful older church”
Reviewed 2 July 2012

We lit candles for our loved ones that passed. Truly loved this little church.

Visited June 2012
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Winnipeg,Canada
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“heaven”
Reviewed 1 June 2012

splendid architecture,serene and so full of history

Visited February 2012
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