Solar dos Magalhães (Magalhães’ Manor)

This XVIth century noble house, of which only the outer walls remain, belonged to the Magalhães family. It’s been in ruins since 1809, when it was burned down by French troops during their second invasion of Portugal, and it is said that during that time, for each day of Portuguese resistance to the French occupation, General Loison would retaliate by razing a nobleman’s house. The Magalhães’ Manor, contrary to many other cases in the city, was never rebuilt. It stands as witness to this historical episode and a symbol of the city’s resistance to the foreign invaders.