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Caldas da Rainha

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Caldas da Rainha, a city with thermal and artistic traditions.

Home of the most ancient thermal hospital in the world founded by the Queen Rainha D. Leonor in 1485. The story goes that the Queen was traveling to Batalha and passing by, where today we call Caldas da Rainha, she saw several poor people bathing in holes with steaming hot waters. In response of her curiosity the poor’s said to her that they were sick and that they found treatments on those waters.
It doesn’t exist just one theory about the health issues of the Queen, but we know that she found herself treatment on those waters as well.
In order to create better conditions to the users, the Thermal Hospital was born on that exact place.

This city, with big ceramic traditions, gains voice around the world and branded identity.
To this day, home to great artists.
Starting with various family workshops that formed the downtown streets until the creation of factories, some of which still exist and are still in operation. The arrival of renowned artists such as Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro was a lever for the city, making it visible to the world.
Keeping the traditional Caldas crockery alive today.