Religious, Spiritual sights in Central Portugal
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The Promontório do Sítio, the cliff-top area 110m above the beach, is popular for its tremendous views and, among Portuguese devotees, its mystical associations. According to legend it was here that a long-lost statue of the Virgin and brought back from Nazareth in the 4th century, was finally found in the 18th century.
Even more famously, it's said the Virgin appeared here on a foggy day in 1182. Local nobleman Dom Fuas Roupinho was in pursuit of a deer when the animal disappeared off the edge of the Sítio precipice. Dom Fuas cried out to the Virgin for help and his horse miraculously stopped right at cliff's edge. Dom Fuas built the small Hermida da Memória chapel on…
The 17th-century, baroque Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Nazaré replaced an earlier church, and is decorated with attractive Dutch azulejos.