Quinta das Lágrimas
Quinta das Lágrimas is located on the left bank of the Mondego, in the parish of Santa Clara, in the city and municipality of Coimbra, in the district of the same name, in Portugal.
It occupies an area of 18.3 hectares around a 19th century palace that has been re-qualified today as a luxury hotel. Memories have accumulated in its gardens since the 14th century, both in the elements built and in the trees, in popular legends and in its own history. In them are the so-called Fonte dos Amores and Fonte das Lágrimas. The farm and the two cited sources are famous for having been the setting for the loves of Prince D. Pedro (future Pedro I of Portugal) and the noble D. Inês de Castro, the subject of countless works of art over the centuries.
D. Pedro, son of D. Afonso IV King of Portugal, was married to D. Constança who did not dispense with the presence of his aunt of Castilian descent, Inês de Castro. It was fate that Pedro and Inês would fall in love, but when the relationship was discovered it generated great constraints both within the court and at the political level. To try to resolve the situation, the King ordered Inês de Castro to be exiled in a castle on the Castilian border. Some time later, D. Constança dies during childbirth. Pedro, seeing himself a widower, went to get Inês and went to live with her to the Quinta das Lágrimas palace, an attitude that caused a great scandal in the court. Oblivious to the sayings and gossip, Pedro and Inês had 4 children, but the political situation was increasingly serious and the people's displeasure was evident. After several attempts by the King to arrange another marriage for his son, who had always refused, the idea arises of having Inês executed. The murder was consummated, taking advantage of D. Pedro's absence on a hunting trip. But wait ... this story does not end here !!! They say that we were all born with the destiny set and that of the King was no different. Shortly after ordering this barbarity, death knocked on the door of D. Afonso IV and his son succeeded him, as D. Pedro I Rei of Portugal. As soon as he was crowned, he started a successful hunt for Inês' murderers and paid one last tribute to his great love: he ordered that his body be dug up and dressed in royal costumes.Then she crowned her queen, even after she died, and made the members of the court kiss her hand, proving to everyone that her love for Inês was pure and true and would endure in time, against everything and against everyone. Then he had a magnificent tomb built at the Monastery of Alcobaça. The tombs of the two lovers are now facing each other so that, as the legend goes, "they can look each other in the eye when they wake up, on Judgment Day".