Palace of the Counts of Ourém

Admire the Paço do Conde Palace during your stay in Ourém, Leiria, Portugal.

Palace of the Counts of Ourém
Palace of the Counts of Ourém
© João Leitão

The Paço do Conde (Palace of the Counts) was built in Ourém three centuries after the city was taken back from Arabs, between 1450 and 1460.

This 15th century alace is considered to be one of the most innovative works in Portuguese military architecture. Its structure has Italian military architecture influence.


It is formed by three quadrangular towers, making up a triangular delimited by walls. They have these towers on its angles, two of them facing north and a third one south, with doors connecting the interior and exterior of the castle.

Its centre houses a cistern where water is all along the year, being this the reason why it hasn’t ever surrendered to enemies.

This monumental construction is classified as National Monument from 1910 and belongs to the Fundação Casa de Bragança.

It was the second Conde Andeiro (Earl of Ourém) the responsible one of the Treaty of Alliance between England and Portugal, still working nowadays.

This castle is a must-visit place if you are in this area of Portugal.

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There are available guided tours (booking in advance) that goes all over the old city of Ourém, the castle and the Paços do Conde Palace. The ticket price is:

Groups of more than 10 persons: 1,5€ per person.
Couple: 5 euros.
Individual: 3 euros.

For guided tours it’s necessary to book in advance sending an email to

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