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A Walking Tour of the Historic Centre

A Walking Tour of the Historic Centre
On arriving in Leiria, you naturally come to the Luís de Camões Garden where the Tourism Office is located. Cross over Largo 5 de Outubro and into Praça Rodrigues Lobo, the very heart of the city and an ideal place to relax under the 16th century arcades with their pleasant café esplanades. In one corner, there is a statue of the poet Rodrigues Lobo (1579-1621) pointing in the direction of Tomar.

Head down Miguel Bombarda street to the Church of Misericórdia, built on the site of a synagogue. Right by, on Barão de Viamonte, formerly known as Rua Direita (Straight Street), was the limit of a prosperous Jewish community through to the 15th century. Nearby, on Travessa da Tipografia, the writer Eça de Queirós lived for some time. A marker stone commemorates this fact.

Then, head down to the Largo da Sé. Take a break in this impressive place of worship before moving on. While in the Square, take a look at the façade of the former Paiva Pharmacy, a fine example of 19th century tile panelling. Take the left uphill to the Cathedral Bell Tower and then onto the Church of São Pedro. Close by, a steep street rises up to the Castle where the views from the veranda are the best in the city and a just reward for all the effort spent getting up there.

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