Photographer's Note

This one comes from the XVIth century Catedral, a place clearly worth a visit, as the legacy of the structure has been quite shaken over the course of dramatic events in the past. Here it goes.


A Portuguese National Monument, the cathedral dates to the 16th century and has a Mannerist shell, with Classical and Baroque interiors.

Like many of the buildings in Leiria, it almost collapsed in the 1755 earthquake.

And this explains the building’s hardy, buttressed appearance as it was reconstructed to be resilient.

There was more trouble on the way in 1810 when a fire during the Peninsular War with the French gutted the interiors.

So it stands more as an interesting testament to Leiria’s challenges than a dazzling monument, although the gilded Baroque altar inside is appropriately splendid.

Source: www.thecrazytourist.com / commons.wikimedia.org

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