Leave a Comment / Center of Portugal, Places to see / By jmsantos The very Ribatejana city of Golegã, the seat of the municipality, is located in the lezíria crossed by the Tagus and Almonda rivers, in an area privileged by nature. Several studies show the human presence in this region since unthinkable times, due to the communication facilities, its fertile soils and the natural amenities, for shelters and locomotion.But to speak of Golegã is to speak of horses and the great National Fair dedicated to them, with origins that date back to the 16th century. Annually, on the 11th of November, São Martinho’s day, the National Horse Fair takes place, with thousands of equestrian enthusiasts and many breeders to appreciate the best examples of horses in Portugal.Golegã also has a rich historical, social, patrimonial and artistic heritage, being a traditional village, proud of its Ribatejo legacy. Noteworthy is its beautiful Mother Church, 15th and 16th centuries, with a magnificent Manueline portal or the Church of Nossa Senhora dos Anjos and the Chapel of Santo António. An area with an important manorial tradition and horse breeding, it has beautiful and historic farms, such as Cardiga, worthy of note. Equally interesting is the Casa-Estúdio Carlos Relvas or the Martins Correia Museum of Painting and Sculpture, with a rich collection of modern art.Nearby is the Paúl do Boquilobo Nature Reserve, comprising 529 hectares, which houses the largest heron colony on the Iberian Peninsula.