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The origin of the medieval town Lourinha is connected to Jordan, a French knight who took part in the effective Siege of Lisbon in 1147. King Afonso Henriques granted Jordan this area as fief and allowed him to grant a foral (letter of feudal rights) to its inhabitants in 1160.
Santo Antonio Convent Church in Lourinha. The rights of the town were validated by letters of King Sancho I in 1218 and again by Afonso III in 1258. The parish turned into one of the richest of the Lisbon Diocese, as reflected by its main church, a fine example of 14th-century Portuguese Gothic architecture.
In the 16th century, the Franciscan abbey of Santo Antonio (1598) and a Misericordia Church and Charity (1586) were established in Lourinha. The Misericordia (Grace), a religious charity, now houses a museum with impressive Renaissance paintings. The most essential paintings are by the hand of a mystical early 16th-century painter, dubbed the Master of Lourinha (Mestre da Lourinha).
The economy depended primarily on farming and fishing. Tourism is a significantly important source of earnings, due to the municipality’s substantial, stunning beaches and, more just recently, by the paleontological remains, that include fossilised bones, footprints, eggs and even embryos from Jurassic dinosaurs. Much of which can be seen nowadays at the regional museum, Museu da Lourinha.
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