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.
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  • August 18, 2017
    The Church is located in the high part of Nazaré, where there is a beautiful view over the city and the beach, the shops and merchants all around the site for souvenirs. Go admire former azulejos, the vault and the nave among others, after seeing the façade and its 2 towers.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Have visited this village which is opposite to a Portuguese beach with a view of a cliff the first trial that impresses with beauty. Don't forget to visit, is worth more than worthwhile, not only for beauty, but to know your story. Loved it!
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  • August 12, 2017
    A church with simple architecture compared with others that exist in Portugal, but no less important. The good thing is that is close to many other attractions, really two steps.
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  • Awesome sacristy to the way of meeting the lady of Nazare.
  • Awesome views and arxhitecturw
  • Amazing church in Nazaré.
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  • Impressive ... something so wonderful ... statue of our Lady of, which reminds our Lady Letnicku ... unforgettable!
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