Praça de Santa Maria, Óbidos.

Visit Praça de Santa Maria, the most iconic square in Óbidos, Portugal.

Praça de Santa Maria, Óbidos
Praça de Santa Maria© CM Óbidos

Praça de Santa Maria is a beautiful square located a little bit southern of Rua Direita, the main street. The square is surrounded by a covered market and some old houses.

In this square lie some of the most iconic monuments of the beautiful city of Óbidos, such as the Picota (XV century), crowning a fountain and carrying the arms of Queen Leonor, among them, the net signifying the death of her son, drowned in the river Tejo, near Santarém in 1491, since the corpse of the boy was taken to her covered in a fishing net.

In this square also is the Igreja de Santa Maria Church, well known because it was the place where King Alfonso V was married to his cousin Isabel, aged 8. The interior is very interesting, especially the renaissance tomb, and the walls totally covered in blue tiles dating back to the XVII century.

The square also accesses the Museu Municipal de Óbidos, located in an ancient stately house of the XVII century that was residence to painter Eduardo Malta, and inside of which a vast collection of religious art can be seen.

Other interesting spots in the square are the Telheiro, former market until the early XX century; and the Casa da Picota, currently house to a municipal art gallery and internet space.

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