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The parish church of Santa Maria in Obidos was built on the site of a Moorish mosque. The 16th century present church has a distinctive white bell tower and a lovely Renaissance portal; inside, painted ceilings are matched with azulejo tiled walls. The paintings by Josefa de Óbidos (1634-1684) are a feature and in particular the retable depicting the ‘Mystic Marriage of St Catherine’. The tomb of Dom João de Noronha is regarded as a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture. The Church was the setting for the wedding of King Afonso V to his cousin, Princess Isabella of Coimbra, on 15 August 1441, when they were both still children aged 9 and 10, respectively.

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