The delightful town of Óbidos, with white houses adorned with bougainvilleas and honeysuckle was captured from the Moors by the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, in 1148. D. Dinis later presented it to his wife, Queen Santa Isabel. From then until 1883, the town of Óbidos and the surrounding land was always the property of the queens of Portugal.
Encircled by a ring of medieval walls and crowned by the Moorish castle rebuilt by D. Dinis, which is now a pousada, Óbidos is one of the most perfect examples of our medieval fortress.
It s in olden times, the town is entered through the southern gate of Santa Maria, embellished with eighteenth-century azulejo decoration.
Inside the walls, which at sunset take on a golden colouring, one can sense a cheerful medieval ambience of winding streets, old whitewashed houses bordered with blue or yellow, Manueline embrasures and windows, reminding us that King D. Manuel I (sixteenth century) carried out major works here, and masses of colourful flowers and plants.
Be sure to visit the Igreja Matriz de Santa Maria (Parish Church of Santa Maria), the pretty Capela de Săo Martinho (Chapel of S. Martinho) and, outside the town walls, the Igreja do Senhor da Pedra (Church of the Stone’s Lord).
Among the events that take place every year in Óbidos, the most important are the Holy Week Festivities (recreating the steps on the Way of the Cross), the Ancient Music Festival in October and, for the more glutinous, the International Chocolate festival in November, which includes an international competition in which the recipes are judged by an international jury of experts.
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marjan (6277) 2006-12-08 7:11
hi, nice shot, dark coloures and good POV
xavshot (69835) 2006-12-28 8:28
je découvre avec plaisir ta galerie aujourd'hui. J'aime beaucoup cette compo avec une belle lumičre permettant de bien contraster le bleu du ciel, le vert du sol et les teintes de la pierre. L'endroit est trčs impressionnant. Beau cadrage
gary91 (15345) 2006-12-31 7:05
A very good point of view of this fabulous city. It reminds me of good souvenirs when I was there a few years ago. I wish I can return there one day !
Concerning your picture, you ask for honesty in your profile and I will comment it this way. I think the color saturation (hue) is too high (is it your camera or your post processing ?) and that the shadow part is too dark.
You could improve this with post processing your image. I enclosed a quick sample in the workshop for you.
Let me know what you think about it !
Have a nice end of year celebration !
Best regards, Christian
- Copyright: Marcio Costa (bach37) (193)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-10-16
- Categories: Castles
- Camera: HP Photosmart 735, 256Mb SD Card
- Exposure: f/4.9
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Castelos de Portugal (Portuguese Castles) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-12-08 4:09