There, you can still find traces of it, that the excavations in 1999 for the construction of a parking lot exposed.

It was in this Palace that lived the Counts of Castanhede, who would later become Marquises of Marialva. But the Palace would be torn down, like many other buildings, by the earthquake of 1755.

Meanwhile, even though the owner fought for the Palace to be rebuilt, its future was quite different from what was expected: its ruins would end up being occupied by the poor, who began to live there, naming that part of the city “huts of Loreto”.

It was only in the 19th century that these ruins would disappear, when the statue which names the square was built, uncovering the history that would be unraveled two centuries later: the one about this Palace of which we still know so little.