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Wednesday 19th June, 2013
Oeiras is a municipality and town that can be found in the western portion of Lisbon Metropolitan Area in Portugal. You might think that only a few people are residing in Oeiras but truth be told, the town is actually considered as one of the most populous towns in the whole of Portugal. Oeiras is located somewhere at the end of the Tagus River, towards the Alada, and in the greater subregion of Lisbon.
It was founded in 1750, and it was Marquis of Pombal who discovered the municipality of Oeiras. However, the parish dates back to 1208. It has been said that the first settlers were actually the Christians from the northern part of Portugal. The municipality was the reward of King Jose the first to the minister as a congratulatory gift for the good work he did in reconstructing downtown Lisbon after a shocking earthquake damaged the city.
King Jose 1 also built the Palace of the Counts of Oeiras. This particular structure displays all the statues, grand titles, and magnificent grand stone staircases as well as a huge lawn and garden. The municipality of Oeiras also played a major role during the 16th and 17th centuries. It served as part of the defensive line of maritime fortresses that were all built along the Lisbon coast, extending to Sao Juliao da Barra Fort. One of its unique features is that the structure was fully inspired by the Renaissance military architecture.
From its historical landmarks, Oeiras have contemporary amenities and tourists spots that visitors will certainly take huge interest in. One of which is the Fabrica da Palvora. This is a gunpowder factory during the 16th century, but the officials of Portugal have converted it into a tourist spot for cultural and leisure purposes. You will also enjoy strolling at Poets Park and just marvel at its vast green space. The place was called Poets Park because you will see different statues of famous Portuguese writers and poets in this place. Another spot that you must simply visit is the Palace of the Royal Estate at Caxias, where you will see lush and gorgeous gardens. A visit to Oeiras' leisure and sports facilities is also a must for travellers.