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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  • This church was built because a king or nobleman's life was saved by the sight of the appearance of Mary. It kept him from sailing off the cliff after chasing a deer that actually did fall off the cli...  more »
  • This was a beautiful church. It is definitely worth it to pop in and see. I recommend paying a euro to see behind the chapel. It walks you through some rooms that are coated in the famous tile. It als...  more »
  • I liked the story of this church and the black Madonna's statue that they have here. This statue were brought here from Nazareth- the hometown of Jesus, gave the name to this lovely town.  more »
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  • Awesome sacristy to the way of meeting the lady of Nazare.
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  • 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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