5 Cities Mary Tour - Lux on Wheels

5 cities mary tour

(Lisbon – Fátima – Batalha – Alcobaça – Nazaré – Óbidos – Lisbon)

Highlights:

  • Basilica of Our lady of the rosary
  • Batalha Monastery
  • Alcobaça Monastery
  • Óbidos Castle

Short Description:

In this tour you will pass for some of the most important sites and monuments of Portugal giving you a view of our architectonic and religious history.

Starting by seeing one of the most important sanctuaries in the world of our lady of Fátima and feeling the holy environment that will leave you breathless. Following you’ll visit one of the most stunning examples of gothic architecture considered World Heritage by UNESCO, the Monastery of Batalha, originally and officially known as the Monastery of Saint Mary of the Victory, which took about 200 years to finish (from 1387 to 1580). When you’re already amazed we take you to Alcobaça, lying in the valleys of the rivers Alcoa and Baça which is believed it’s in the origin of the name, known by the Monastery, or Royal Abbey of Santa Maria, founded by the order of Cistercians in 1153, classified World Heritage site by UNESCO. Changing to a sea route you can enjoy Nazaré, a fisherman’s seaside village with cobbled lanes running down to a wide cliff backed beach, famous for his waves and surf championships. Finally, before going back to Lisbon you pass by Óbidos, one of the best preserved Medieval towns in Portugal surrounded by a fortified castle wall where you can taste the famous Ginja served in a chocolate cup.

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Additional Info:

  • Hotel/Apartment Pick Up;
  • Monuments entrance tickets are not included, so you can decide what you want to visit;
  • We selected some of the sites that we consider the best to fulfill your trip expectations, the tours itinerary is flexible, you can change anything or add something you wish to visit;
  • All the cars provide water for our clients;
  • Tour up to 50 people;

Places to see:

Fátima

Santuário de Fátima (Sanctuary of Fátima)

The sanctuary was built near the area of Cova da Iria where Our Lady of Fátima appeared to the three shepherds in 1917. It’s one of the most important Marian sanctuaries in the world belonging to the catholic church. It was disguised with three gold roses and visited by popes Paulo VI (1967), João Paulo II (1982, 1991 and 2000), Benedict XVI (2010) and Francisco (2017).

Basílica Nossa Senhora do Rosário (Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary)

The building was designed by the architect Gerardus Samuel Van Krieken and continued by João Antunes, built with limestone of the area. The structure has a colonnade with 200 columns and 14 altars with 17 statues over them. It was blessed on May 13th of 1958.

Capela das aparições (Chapel of the Apparitions)

The chapel of apparitions is the principal structure of the shrine of Fátima because it was in that place that our lady appeared and talked with the shepherds. From the six apparitions, five happened in this place where, in her honor, the chapel was built, in 1919.

Basilica da Santissima Trindade (Basilica the holy trinity)

Due to the high number of pilgrims it was necessary to build a new church. In 1997 the Greek architect Alexandro Tombazis won an international contest done by the shrine to construct the new church. In 2007 the church was dedicated by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone then Secretary of State of the Vatican and legate of Benedict XVI. Inside the church there’s a bronze crucifix above the altar with 3 meters and gold color symbolizing the fidelity to god and holiness.

Mosteiro da Batalha (Batalha Monastery)

Considered World Heritage Site by UNESCO the Monastery of the Dominicans of Batalha is an amazing example of Gothic architecture influenced by Manueline art, built by King João to celebrate the victory of the Portuguese over Castilians at the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385. It was an important building for the Monarchy and serve as the burial church of the 15th century Aviz dynasty.

Mosteiro de Alcobaça (Alcobaça Monastery)

It’s the largest Gothic style church of the order of Cister, considered World Heritage Site by UNESCO and one of the most impressive and amazing architecture from the Cistercian in Europe. Ordered to be constructed by the first king of Portugal D.Afonso Henriques in 1178 was finished 100 years later, despite the centuries the medieval premises remain intact.

Castelo de Óbidos (Óbidos Castle)

This medieval castle of Roman origin was built under Arab domain and was enlarged after the Christian conquest in 1148. After being completely damaged by the 1755 earthquake was restored and nowadays it’s also a State Inn, the first in a historic building. The castle was declared one of the seven wonders of Portugal and the second most relevant monuments of the Portuguese architecture.

Igreja de Santa Maria (Saint Mary’s Church)

In the Saint Mary’s Square, inside Óbidos walls, you can find the church whose legend beliefs it was built during the Visigoth period. It was a mosque until King Afonso Henriques conquered it from the Moors and became Christian again. Before you enter, in the entrance, you can see an image of our lady of Assumption. Inside, besides the painted wooden ceiling dated 1676 and walls covered with tiles from around 1680-90, you can see a gospel in baroque style with an image of our lady of the Rosary. Also, you can see one of the first works of Portuguese Renaissance art, the tombs of João de Noronha and his wife Isabel de Sousa.

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