Just behind it, we have the Igreja da Misericórdia, a building of Public Interest. It was built at the end of the century. XVI and has mannerist and baroque characteristics. Its central position and close to Praça do Município does not leave anyone indifferent, deserving an attentive and mandatory visit. Take the opportunity to visit the Tourism Office.
We arrive at the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, belonging to the disappeared Convent of São Francisco built in the century. XVI, maintains the original portal in late Gothic style. In the century 19th, when the convent was closed, the space was converted into a woolen factory, although the church was still open for worship.
The Palacete Jardim appears to us in an imposing way. It is one of Covilhã’s most emblematic buildings. Its construction was commissioned by the family of José Maria Bouhon, originally from Belgium and who took up residence in Covilhã, at the end of the century XIX. Designed between 1915 and 1920, the aforementioned family lived here, and the building later housed the Labor Court and the INATEL Delegation. It is currently uninhabited. Another project in the city under the responsibility of the Architect Ernesto Korrodi, the building is covered with tile, with plant motifs, geometric and includes a surrounding garden.
In front of you is the no less emblematic Fonte das Três Bicas. Built in 1855 at the behest of the local authority, it was located in Praça do Município until the 1940s, when it was dismantled and transferred to this location in the 1950s. Although the victim of modernization, it still boasts its imposing granite stonework and typical three spouts, in the best neoclassical style.
On its side, in the middle of the road there are several anthropomorphic graves. They are difficult to date, but do not contradict a probable occupation of the century. XII.
Our journey now continues to the Sun Clock / Ancient Walls area, site of a fantastic viewpoint over the whole of Cova da Beira with the Serra da Gardunha peeking out in the background. The walls were built by King Sancho I. The 1755 earthquake caused considerable damage, causing the biggest tower to fall. Nowadays there are only small extensions of the primitive walls, which dot the oldest part of the city.
We end our tour with a visit to the Wool Museum (Royal Cloth Factory), whose mission is to safeguard the heritage associated with one of the oldest human industries. The museum building was once the Royal Cloth Factory that was born on June 26, 1764, as part of the kingdom’s industrialization project, led by Marquês de Pombal.
After this trip through Covilhã, it’s your turn to learn more about its secrets and centuries-old stories. Our qualified, local guides will take you through the streets and alleys of the mountain city, to discover its immense history and people, its peculiar traditions and customs that are still manifested today.