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Sweet Liqueur
Dramatic History at Church of São Domingos
Sweet Liqueur
Dramatic History at Church of São Domingos
Sweet Liqueur
A Ginjinha was the first establishment in Lisbon to commercialize the drink called Ginjinha. Ginjinha is a liqueur made with ginja berries, aguardiente (Portuguese brandy), sugar, water, and cinnamon. Francisco Espinheira, a Galician friar of the Church of Santo Antonio, put together all these ingredients, and the result was this sweet and very good liqueur. In Óbidos, the drink is served in chocolate cups, about the size of shot glasses. (They make a very nice gift.) You can eat the cup after drinking the liqueur, or just pour more into the cup. Before having a drink, visit São Domingos Church. It’s worthwhile.
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Dramatic History at Church of São Domingos
This 13-century church features an architectural style that has added a mixture of different periods and influences, including Mannerism and Baroque. This is due the earthquake of 1755, where alter paintings, vestments, and treasures disappeared. Then a devastating fire in 1959 completely destroyed the church’s interior. It reopened in 1994, without hiding the marks of fire. It has a single but majestic nave, with the chancel in black marble. Some of the most important royal weddings and christenings were celebrated here, but also it was from this church that the people, condemned to the bonfire by the Inquisition, would follow in procession. The church is also known to be the place from which began the historic killing of São Domingos, in 1506—where many Jews and New Christians were mercilessly butchered by the mob.
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