Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré, Nazare

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The Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Nazaré is an imposing church located on the hilltop O Sitio overlooking Nazaré, Portugal.According to the Legend of Nazaré the sheriff (alcaide) of Porto de Mós, Dom Fuas Roupinho, maybe a templar, was chasing on horseback a deer up a hilltop on a misty September morning in 1182 (later it was said that it was the devil, in the disguise of a deer). When the deer jumped over the edge of the hilltop into the void, his fiery horse was about to follow. Then the knight invoked the intervention of the Madonna, who made the horse turn away through a supernatural effort and saved the life of the knight. Subsequently, a chapel A Ermida da Memoria, was built very near this spot, over a grotto where stood a small statue of a Black Madonna, brought from Nazareth. Near the chapel one can see the imprint of the horseshoe in the rock.The church, founded in the 14th century, was rebuilt in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Semicircular steps lead to a Baroque portal under two square bell towers. The façade has gallery-like extensions.The profusely decorated gilded apse shows the small statue of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré in a lit niche above the main altar, flanked by twisted columns. Above the crossing of the single nave with the transept is a cupola and a lantern. They are all vaulted by a gilt coffer ceiling. Add Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré and other attractions to your Nazare trip itinerary using our Nazare vacation planner.
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  • Located at a strategic square , leading to the famous lighthouse "Fort de Sao Miguel Arcanjo" , a few restaurants , cafes and souvenir counters in the area . The church was founded in the 14th Cent... 
    Located at a strategic square , leading to the famous lighthouse "Fort de Sao Miguel Arcanjo" , a few restaurants , cafes and souvenir counters in the area . The church was founded in the 14th Cent...  more »
  • The Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Nazare is located in Sítio da Nazare, very close to the site of the apparition of the Virgin Mary. The church was built in the 14th century, then rebuilt several... 
    The Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Nazare is located in Sítio da Nazare, very close to the site of the apparition of the Virgin Mary. The church was built in the 14th century, then rebuilt several...  more »
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  • Even though not a massive building, the sanctuary has preserved most of it's antique interior, offering a rich story of local history and religion. The place has a special meaning to the town of Nazaré, and thus the sanctuary is viewed as one of the important religious centers of Portugal.
  • The Most Beautiful Church !!! SITIO is a very spiritual and healing place especially Senhora da Nazare' church. It is intimate and spectacular to see the interior.

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