Photographer's Note

Parish Church, located in the plaza of the same name, is the main temple of Obidos. Although the tradition traces its foundation to make the Visigothic period, converted into a mosque in the holy Muslim period and again by D. Afonso Henriques soon after the conquest of the Village in 1148, the fact is outside of the original walled enclosure seems to contradict this hypothesis. Not knowing the exact date of foundation, it is a fact that the Priory of the new church was given to S. Teotónio, mate D. Afonso Henriques, the great figure of the Church and prior to the powerful Santa Cruz Monastery in Coimbra, which had the patronage of the Church of Santa Maria to D. John III, have donated to his wife, Queen Catherine of Austria. It was also home to a collegiate community (comprised of eight prior and beneficiaries), suppressed by liberal legislation in the mid-nineteenth century.

The medieval church was radically changed by Queen Leonor in the late fifteenth century, dragging the works by the first quarter of the sixteenth century. Date of this campaign the bell tower, adjoining the facade and covered with octagonal spire pyramidal.

Certainly struck by the earthquake of 1535, about 1570 threatened to ruin, so it is immediately thought of his complete reconstruction. Thus, on August 15, 1571, the day of the Assumption of Our Lady, was launched the first stone of the new church with great pomp and religious procession, continuing the work under the protection of Queen And Catherine D. Prior Rodrigo Sanchez, Spanish cleric, chief almoner of the Queen and prestigious figure in the court of Charles V. This campaign follows its current configuration, with a probable risk of royal architect Antonio Rodrigues (pedro Flower, 2002). Nearly a century later, suffers further improvement works at the initiative of Dr. Francisco de Azevedo Prior Caminha, who redecorate the church through a program of baroque art - ceiling tiles and paintings of ships.
Source: C.M. Óbidos
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Shooting Data
Nikon D40
2008/11/18 15:14:20.4
Compressed RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 18mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/100 sec - F/9
Exposure Comp.: +0.7 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Normal
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-A
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Auto
Sharpening: Auto
Long Exposure NR: Off
VR Control: Off
High ISO NR: Off

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