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Tragedy of Inês de Castro

D. Inês de Castro, Galician noble, came to Portugal in the retinue of D. Constança, wife of infante D.Pedro, King D.Afonso IV son.

They quickly fell in love, and generated a strong relationship. When D.Constança past away, Pedro and Inês started their relationship, and they came to live in the palace annexed to the Convent of Santa Clara, placed along the Mondego river and Quinta das Lágrimas.

On the gardens of Quinta das Lágrimas in Coimbra, there are many places associated with the legend of D.Inês de Castro. Santa Isabel of Aragon, Queen of Portugal, ordered to make a channel to bring water from two springs to the Convent of Santa Clara. The spot where the water cames out was called "Source of Love" for having witnessed the passion of D.Pedro, the sovereign grandson, with Inês de Castro. This foutain also has an access, through a Gothic pointed arch, from the fourteenth century.

The other source of the foutain is known as "Fountain of Tears", as the legend says, this foutain was born from the tears shed by Inês when she was murdered. Inês's blood have been stucked into the rocks and stills remains there, after six and a half centuries...

D.Pedro reacted violently to the execution of his beloved and mother of his three children and began a period of civil war against the King, which only ended with intervation of his mother, Queen of Portugal. When he ascended to the throne, he announced that he had secretly married Inês, so she was Queen of Portugal and everyone from all diferent classes (clergy, nobility and people) should give her a homage.

He made that the King of Castile hand over two of the three gentlemen who had advised D. Afonso IV and he personally ripped off the heart of both man, saying that men who had killed an innocent woman couldn't have a heart.

Another of his first acts was to build a majestic tomb for Inês de Castro. D.Pedro had built the two splendid tombs of King D.Pedro I and Inês de Castro in Alcobaça Monastery, where relocated the body of his beloved Inês, in 1361 or 1362. The translocation was made in a funeral procession which stayed in people's memory.

 

 

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D. Inês de Castro had brothers, the powerful Castro's, some nobles who began a conspiration to convince Pedro to dispute the rights to the throne of Castile and Leon.

The court realized this real danger and began pressing King D.Afonso IV to prevent those claims. The king gives up on the pressure caused by his advisors and because of the absence of D.Pedro on a hunting excursion, he went with Pero Coelho, Álvaro Gonçalves, Diogo Lopes Pacheco to kill Inês de Castro in Santa Clara. Inês de Castro was then murdered that day.

This visit in Coimbra local spots, related to the history of Inês de Castro, will give you an unforgettable experience, which have inspired numerous different authors from literature, in several diferent languages, from music, more than 20 operas which the most famous are "Ines de Castro "(1798) by Niccolò Antonio Zingarelli and "Ines de Castro "(1835) by Giuseppe Persiani (1799-1869), are based on the libretto by Salvatore Cammarano, who was well known in his time.

 

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The legend says that D. Pedro imposed to his court a coronation ceremony, with kisses on the hand of Queen Inês, already dead, and that would become one of the most vivid images in the popular imagination. He had joined her on his tomb in 1367. The tombs are placed face to face. D.Pedro in the south transept and Inês in the north transept. The tombs were placed face to face for Pedro and Inês look in each other's eyes when they awake in the doomsday.

There is much more to see. Have your seat with us.

We will tell this story as we visit the fountain of tears, the foutain of lovers fom Quinta das Lágrimas and the outer route of the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha.

Exclusive transport and private guide in english, portuguese and spanish.

(Duration: Approximately 2,5 hours)