Igreja da Santa Casa da Misericórdia Church of Óbidos

Admire an important collection of artworks in the Igreja da Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Óbidos, Portugal.

Igreja da Santa Casa da Misericórdia Church of Óbidos
Igreja da Santa Casa da Misericórdia Church
© Celestino Manuel

The Igreja da Misericórdia Church of Óbidos is located next to the old paços do Concelho, in a lower plane to the parça de Santa Maria. This temple was founded by Queen Doña Leonor in the XVI century on the remnants of the Capela do Espírito Santo shrine.

This temple is a landmark in both art and history. With the hallway dating back to 1596, this is the first baroque artwork in Portugal, in the height of the Renaissance and Mannerism, since - despite the Baroque being born in Italy in the XVI century - it is believed it didn’t arrive to Portugal for more than 100 years more.

The triumphal arch and the retable of Misericórdia were painted in 1628 by André Reinoso, one of the most important Portuguese painters during the beginnings of Naturalism proto-baroque, normally identified with mannerism. His work already presented the chromatic value and classic anatomic interpretation that supposed the avant-garde of what would come seventy years later.

Its interior, covered in polychromatic blue tile “Padrão” style of the XVII century and with frames on the paintings made in Lisbon factories.

The church also features the tomb of D. Maria Luísa, countess of war, and maid to Queen D. Maria Ana de Áustria, as well as an important collection of artworks.

In this temple there is the devotion to a historic and antique image of Nossa Senhora da Paz, deeply loved by all-time Óbidos people, that seems to have been an offering by Queen Santa Isabel to the old Capela do Espírito Santo shrine.

More information:

Location:

Largo da Misericórdia, Óbidos.

Ticket Price:

Free admission.

Phone:

(+351) 262 955 340

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