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With a population of over fifty eight thousand inhabitants, the municipality of Pombal is maybe not the largest, but this member of the district of Lieria is still an important member of Portugal, and hosts seventeen parishes. You may have heard the term Pombaline architecture. In Lisbon, a Downtown Pombaline area, you will find the first earthquake resistant architectural models which were tested by marching troops around them. These were built after an earthquake that is estimated to have been a 9 on the Richter scale. The town felt the after effects of both tsunami and fire subsequently, and Sebastiao Jose de Carvalho e Melo, Marquis of Pombal, was quoted as saying, "What now? We bury the dead and feed the living." This earthquake resistant architecture was the first of its kind.
North of Lisbon is Leira. In 1466 this was the home of the first Portuguese printing press. It also is the site of a restored medieval castle, c.1300, and a church which was erected in 1135, and still remains today. You can also feast your eyes on a Renaissance cathedral here. This town was originally the property of the Romans, known as Collippo, until the Moors captured it in the 8th century. Your car hire can navigate you through several historic landmarks remaining from that time in the municipality of Pombal.
As in much of Portugal, Pombal is an area with rich agricultural roots. You can find farms of crops from corn, to olives, to vineyards. Though this region may not be the place to visit for elite dance clubs and exclusive beaches, if you are in search of a region where you may lay eyes on several medieval buildings that remain from the times of Roman occupation, as well as to sample local epicurean delicacies that capture the freshness of the local fare, then you have arrived.