The 18th edition of Óbidos Medieval Market takes place from July 18 to August 4, open Thursday to Sunday.
The Old Arms Square, once used as a training ground for squires and knights at the service of the King, is transformed into a village evoking practices linked to the daily life of the Middle Ages.
The Medieval Market is an event with a strong community connection, with visible effort from all cultural, sports and recreational associations as well as private social solidarity institutions, welcoming the thousands of visitors every year.
The program is very diverse, providing the opportunity for actors, jugglers, fire manipulators and other showmen to show their arts in this medieval fest.
This edition will enchant knights and ladies, nobles and bourgeois, with fire shows, theatre, crafts and masters, tournaments and jousts, among other experiences of medieval times.
Be a part of history at Óbidos Medieval Market!
“Fire is therefore many things”
Umberto Eco, On the Shoulders of Giants
Fire was an essential element in medieval daily life. As part of life, fire was decisive to cook, to heat the house and to illuminate squares and roads.
In times where Catholicism was deeply-rooted, by the apologia of sin, anxiety and fear, fire is seen as a tenebrous element marking the medieval man’s mentality in its representation of Hell and Evil.
In the Art of Warfare, it is also a powerful tool in siege strategies. In the 14th century, the introduction of gunpowder brings big changes in the military architecture of castles.
In feasts and parties, fire has the power to enchant and dazzle people; jugglers and fire-eaters show their skills, dominating it with mastership, ennobling the shows during the festive nights to the delight of nobles, the bourgeoisie and commoners.