The UNESCO Creative City of Obidos has a long history and so much of it is still evident and alive today. Encircled by walls nearly 50 feet high in spots, the focal point of this dynamic town is Obidos Castle, perched on the highest hill, which was built adjacent to the site of the Roman settlement of Eburobrittium. The Portuguese royal family chose Obidos as one of their homesteads, and the Queens of Portugal in particular considered Obidos to be the `jewel` in their respective crowns.
Walking down the winding streets of the old town, you will note two things that are irrevocably tied to Obidos`s reputation: religious art and architecture, and the literary tradition. In the Livraria de Santiago, you can see both of those married together in a unique bookstore-inside-a-church. In many buildings, you can see the Baroque-era art of Obidos`s most famous native daughter, Josefa de Obidos. You are guaranteed to fall in love with Obidos at first sight.
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