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It is curious to look at the path of such an important building and think about all the adaptations it has undergone. For years it operated as a grinding factory; nowadays the workers are different and the grains too.

João Margarido , 2018

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Just over an hour from Lisbon, you discover a city that prides itself on being a therapeutic and artistic haven. Elected a creative city by UNESCO

The SILOS Contentor Criativo is located in Caldas da Rainhaa municipality recognized for its thermal waters and the activity of ceramics and design.

 

The importance of thermal activities in Caldas finds its place of reference in the Thermal Complex, which includes the old Thermal Hospital and the Hospital and Caldas Museum. In these spaces, it shows the history of what is the oldest thermal hospital in the world and the famous Book of Commitment of Queen D. Leonor.

The connection of Caldas da Rainha with art, and its rich legacy for it, is found in other spaces around the Park, a short walk away, the Arts Center and the Museum of Cycling that host an expressive and diverse collection , in addition to providing spaces for temporary exhibitions.

After the thermal baths, the city owes its fame to Ceramics. At the Museu da Cerâmica, housed in a romantic palace from the 19th century, a collection of vitreous chinaware from Caldas and other Portuguese and foreign ceramic centers is discovered - on a journey through the history of this art that goes from the 18th century to contemporary times.

One of the reasons for this museum's interest is related to another illustrious name of the city: here we find a set of works by Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro. To speak of Caldas is to speak of Bordalo, who left a lasting influence here. The Faience Factory of Caldas da Rainha was created by him in 1884, with the help of Ramalho Ortigão, and became a world reference and its objects are an icon of Portuguese culture, present in thousands of houses.

Proof of Bordalo's legacy is the tribute paid to him in the streets. Scattered throughout the city, sculptural works on a human scale, taken from the artist's vast imagination, surprise passers-by, in what is a true Bordalian Route, one of the most fun ways to get to know the center of Caldas. You can also visit the workshops of the caldenses ceramists and have a unique experience, working with clay and taking a little of Caldas da Rainha with you.

In the heart of the city, we find Praça da República, also known as Praça da Fruta. With beginnings that date back to the 15th century, this colorful open-air market is the only one that, in Portugal, is held daily. It is a showcase of the region's rich agricultural and gastronomic production and a privileged place to observe Art Nouveau in Caldas. The romantic tiled facades surround this vibrant square, which also houses the historic Café Central and the Chapel of São Sebastião. Those interested in Art Nouveau, can leave the square to Rua Dr. Miguel Bombarda, to be able to appreciate more examples of this movement doing the Roteiro da Arte Nova.

Source: Central Portugal Tourism

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