Igreja de Santa Maria Church, Óbidos

Admire the Igreja de Santa Maria church on your stay in Óbidos, Portugal.

Igreja de Santa Maria, Óbidos
Igreja de Santa Maria© Celestino Manuel

The Igreja of Santa Maria lies towards the north of Rua Direita, in the beautiful city of Óbidos, in Portugal.

This is the town’s first church and is erected upon the remnants of a visigothic temple made into a mosque. The building of the church began in the XII century, yet has been restored in several occasions and today most of the building is renaissance style.

The temple became famous in 1444 when King Alfonso V, aged 10, married his cousin Isabel, aged 8.

Dentro da Igreja de Santa Maria, Óbidos
Igreja de Santa Maria © CM Óbidos

In the interior, distributed in three naves by two rows of doric columns, it’s worth noting the marvelous painted ceiling and walls decorated with incredible blue tiles dating back to the XVII century and hand painted with vegetable icons. Besides that, the walls are also decorated with twenty oil-paintings by several authors, among them Baltasar Gómez Figueira and Josefa Óbidos.

Right of the altar are exhibited the works of the renown XVII century painter Josefa de Óbidos; whereas towards the left you will find a pantheon, the sepulchre of which (dating back to the XVI century) is renaissance style is crowned by a Pietá accompanied by the Santas Mujeres and Nicodemo as they bury the body of Christ, an extraordinary work attributed to French sculptor Nicolas Chanterène.

The major retable is decorated with eight XVII-century paintings, attributed to João da Costa, representing scenes of the life of Mary.

In the back of the church, former facilities of the town hall, is the Museu Municipal de Óbidos.

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Praça Santa Maria, Óbidos, Portugal.

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From 9:30 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 19:00.

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