Saturday, 23 August 2014


According to the website, Portugal is one of the most photographed areas of the world.
We wondered if some of the photos are yours?

This vast complex is now one of Catholicism's major shrines, a place of enormous devotion and pilgrimage. At the eastern end is the 1953 basilica, a triumphantly sheer-white building with colonnade reminiscent of St Peter’s. Nearby, the Capela das Apariçoes (Chapel of the Apparitions) marks the site where the Virgin appeared. At the precinct's western end is the 2007 Basilica da Santíssima Trindade.

The chapel is the focus of the most intense devotion. Supplicants who have promised penance shuffle on their knees across the vast esplanade, following a long marble runway polished smooth by previous penitents. Near the chapel is a blazing pyre where people can throw offerings on the fire, leave gifts – donated to charities – or light candles in prayer. The sound of hundreds of candles is like a rushing waterfall.

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