Pousada do Castelo, Obidos, Portugal
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member manchanegra
N 39° 21.790 W 009° 09.432
29S E 486457 N 4357090
Quick Description: Within the centuries-old beautiful castle walls that encircle the village of Óbidos, the Obidos Pousada was the first one to be adapted and restored from a historical monument.
Location: Leiria, Portugal
Date Posted: 1/4/2007 2:26:39 AM
Waymark Code: WM13KJ
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member manchanegra
Views: 132

Long Description:
Within the centuries-old beautiful castle walls that encircle the village of Óbidos, Pousada was the first one to be adapted and restored from a historical monument. Óbidos is a first rate tourist attraction, known for its typical white houses with blue trim, flowered windows, narrow streets and steps paved with beautiful stone.

Pousada History:
Since 1951 the Pousada, has been installed in the castle of the medieval town of Óbidos. The original Manueline palace in the castle’s northern wing was built by João de Noronha, count of Dijon and alcaide of the town of Óbidos, at beginning of 16 C.

At the level of noble’s gallery overlooking the palace are two Manueline windows and a doorway with an ornate lintel and moulding in the fashion of intertwined tree-trunks, crowned with the coat of arms of Noronha family and the royal shied. This 16 AC palace was meticulously restored after it had damage in the 1755 earthquake.

A mediaeval town with an important historical heritage, that UNESCO may soon come to classify as part of the world’s historical and universal heritage.


History of Óbidos:
The village of Óbidos was conquered from the Moors by King Afonso Henriques in 1148, and later given by King Dinis to his wife, the Holy Queen Isabel, becoming part of the Queen’s House.

In the beginning of the 16th century, D. João de Noronha, Count of Dijon and the village mayor, introduced architectural alterations in pure Manuelino style; which can still be seen today, for example the windows of restaurant the Pousada, although the village was partially destroyed by the earthquake of 1755.

This small village has innumerable cultural treasures, such as 14 churches and chapels. The main church has the finest examples of different Portuguese tiles and paintings by Josefa Ayalla Cabrera (Josefa de Óbidos).

Óbidos’s outskirts are also interesting places to visit, such as aqueduct built by King João III’s wife, Queen Catarina of Austria, the Óbidos Lagoon, where guests can go fishing and hunting, and the Bom Sucesso´s Place, where the Royal picnics used to take place. This was first time in Portugal that a castle, a historical monument, was adapted into a Pousada in 1951.

Interesting Places to visit:
-Village Door
-Santa Maria Square - pillory, Santa Maria church (Renaissance style) and Municipal Museum
-Óbidos lagoon
-Caldas da Rainha - Malhoa Museum
-Peniche
-Alcobaça Monastery


Fairs and Markets:
-Sto. Antão Pilgrimage (Óbidos)
-Sta. Cruz Pilgrimage (Óbidos)
-Sta. Iria Fair (Óbidos)


Text retrieved from the Pousadas de Portugal website: (visit link)

Note: Some photos of the inside are from the Pousada website. The others are my own.
Name of the Hotel: Pousada do Castelo

Address:
Rua do Castelo 2510-999 Óbidos Tel: (+351) 262 955 080 Fax: (+351) 262 959 148 e-mail: recepcao.castelo@pousadas.pt


Number of Rooms: 9

Height in floors: 2

Hotel Rating: Pousada

Hotel since: 01/01/1951

Date Building was built: 01/01/1500

First use of building:
The Castle Palace was originaly built to be the House of João de Noronha, count of Dijon and Alcaide of the Town of Obidos at the beginning of the 16tyh century.


Historic Hotel (Historic Building, National Monument or similar): yes

Urban Hotel (located in a village or town): yes

Mountains Nearby (less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil): no

Beachs Nearby (less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil): yes

Historic Place nearby (Unesco or National monument/site less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil): yes

Major Pilgrimage Place Nearby (less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil. Consider any religion).: no

Hotel website (if available): [Web Link]

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