Edifício dos Paços do Concelho (Town Hall)


Originally known as the Palace of the Meneses, Lords of Cantanhede, the great work of construction was probably commissioned by D. João de Meneses, successor to the title in its fifth generation.

Specific characteristics

The building receives city council sessions since 1805, but the municipal headquarters were only and definitively fixed there at the end of that century.


This is a large building in a sixteenth-century style, entirely made in calcareous of Ançã, which plant forms actually a closed quadrilateral, involving several wings that surround a courtyard uncovered (Cloister).
Inside, it has a courtyard with two superposed floors: the ground floor has a gallery with seven vaulted spans, decorated with over crossing nervures, corbels and Renaissance keystones, finding in one of them the legend ?ESTA OBRA / SE F(E)Z NO / ANO DE 1553?(this work was made in the year of 1553); the upper floor has a colonnade of Ionic order, typical of the late Renaissance of the Castilian school of Coimbra.
Edifício dos Paços do Concelho (Town Hall)
Praça Marquês de Marialva

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Coordinates: N: 40º20'46, W: 8º35'38
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