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Santarem, Portugal

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AvelinoL AvelinoL
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Strolling in the center Feb 04, 2017
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 center of the city 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.

Portas do Sol

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.

It is a very nice and calm visit, in the center of town, surrounded by gardens and the historic area


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

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

"Torre das cabaças"

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

It is in the historic center, close to Marvila church.

S João de Alporão church

This church, in the old city, was built in the 13th century, and shows the transition from Roman to Gothic styles.

Marvila church

This Gothic church, in the center of the city, was restored in the 16th century by order of king Manuel I, which justifies some Manueline elements.

It also has some beautiful tiles from the 17th century.

Misericordia church

Built in the 16Th century, this church in late Renaissance style suffered a few modifications, mainly in the facade, damaged by Lisbon 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.
Nisericórdia church - Santarém
Nisericórdia church - Santarém
Old city - Santarém
Nisericórdia church - Santarém
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