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Monuments and Historical Places of Pombal City

Castelo de Pombal (Castle of Pombal)
It is the most ancient memory of the city. Its construction was ordered by Gualdim Pais, a famous Knight Templar. In the 16th century, it became the residence of the chief-alcalde, but was destroyed by the French invasions. Nowadays, it is one of the best preserved military fortresses of the country.

Celeiro do Marquês (Cellar of the Marquis of Pombal)
It is a two-storied building. The first floor is composed of five doors of arched lintel, where the main door has its door-posts lightly decorated and topped with the coat of arms of the Marquis. The second floor has five windows of curved lintel, each one clearly distinguished from the other. The woodwork of the ceiling deserves to be pointed out, as it was built in order to reduce the seismic effects.

Igreja do Cardal (Church of the Cardal)
It is a baroque style church with a cruciform plan. It is important to notice the evocative tablet of the grave of the Marquis of Pombal. The mortal remains of the Marquis of Pombal were laid to rest here up to 1857.

Igreja do Carmo (Carmel Church)
At one of the extremities of the square Marquês de Pombal, the church Igreja do Carmo was built in 1760 in honour of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. In the 19th century, it was the seat of the confraternity of the Third Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Igreja de São Martinho (Church of São Martinho)
Built with a medieval foundation, this church presents several chapels of golden carving with a special attention to the Chapel of Senhora da Piedade that is topped by the coat of arms of the captain Jorge Botelho.

Torre do Relógio Velho (Old Clock Tower)
Its construction was ordered by King Pedro in order to receive the non-Christian’s tributes on Saint Martin’s day.

Cadeia (Prison)
On the right of Igreja Matriz (the Mother Church), there is the former Prison that was ordered to build by the Marquis of Pombal. In its interior, it suffered deep alterations some years ago. The ground level floor had some works of improvement in 1875-77. It is important to highlight the presence of a small bell that will have come from the Old Clock Tower.

Solar da Quinta da Gramela (Manor-house of Quinta da Gramela)
At about 3 km away from Pombal city, on the road that links the villages of Estrada and Aldeia dos Anjos, it is today a private estate. In 1759, it was constituted by ground level houses. Subsequently the manor-house was built. It is a two-storied building with an adjacent chapel and a double yard which was used as residence for the servants, and storage for agricultural implements and products.

Casa do Marquês (House of the Marquis)
It is the house where the marquis of Pombal spent the last years of his life and was subjected to interrogation by his action as a stalesman. It is located in the Marquis of Pombal Square near the Mother Church (Igreja Matriz).

Other emblazoned Houses
On the street António José Teixeira, a modernized house contains a quartered shield that came from the estate of Quinta das Mondrarias and is characterized by having in the first quarter a lion surrounded by other animals. In the second quarter it has the weapons of the Ataídes. In the third quarter, the weapons of the Sousas, and in the fourth quarter the weapons of the Barros.

Casa Arte Nova (Art Nouveau House)
It was built in 1930 according to the project of the architect Ernesto Korrodi, with initial function of housing and commerce. It features a rectangular plan of simple volumes, covered by a four-sided roof.

Hospedaria (Lodging)
Building located in front of the Church of São Martinho.

Ponte sobre o Rio Arunca (Bridge over the River Arunca)
It was built in the 18th century for the crossover of the Royal Road.

Largo do Pelourinho (Pillory’s Square)
The original pillory can be found in several fragments in the cloisters of the Convent o f Cardal. At its place stands a modern pillory that evokes the main lords of Pombal.

Busto do Marquês de Pombal (Bust of the Marquis of Pombal)
It is located in the Municipal Garden of the Cardal. It is a bronze statue achieved by the sculptor Fernandes de Sá with a limestone support base worked by Ernesto Korrodi. It is the first statue to be erected in Portugal, in honour of the Marquis of Pombal. It was inaugurated in 1907.

Praça Marquês de Pombal (Marquis of Pombal Square)
At this place, the main attraction is the Mother Church of São Martinho linked to peace worker Queen Saint Elizabeth. This monument gave also its name to the award of the Order of Christ, of which the Marquis of Pombal was Lord.


Major Places to Visit

  • Abiúl
  • Redinha
  • Convent of Louriçal
  • Mata Nacional do Urso (Bear National Forest)
  • Praia do Osso da Baleia (Whale Bone Beach)
  • Serra de Sicó (Mountain of Sicó)
  • Quinta da Gramela (Estate of Gramela)
  • Chapel of Our Lady of Guia


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