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photoblog image Setubal - Nossa Senhora do Cabo

Setubal - Nossa Senhora do Cabo

 

Exterior of the church, with the accommodation on either side for pilgrims visiting the site.  There's an interesting account of the cult associated with the site:

 

"The origins of the sanctuary are connected to a legend, which relates that two elderly people – one from Caparica (on the south bank of the River Tagus) and another from Alcabideche (near Cascais) – dreamed about Our Lady appearing on top of the cliffs of Cape Pedra Mua riding a gigantic she-mule. Inspired by their dream they followed their calling and met at the top of the promontory where they found the miraculous image of Our Lady. The footprints of the she-mule left on the stones of the promontory continue to bear witness to the veracity of the legend, although in reality these are footprints of two types of dinosaur (one being the largest footprint of this type)."

 

 

 

 

Setubal - Nossa Senhora do Cabo

 

Exterior of the church, with the accommodation on either side for pilgrims visiting the site.  There's an interesting account of the cult associated with the site:

 

"The origins of the sanctuary are connected to a legend, which relates that two elderly people – one from Caparica (on the south bank of the River Tagus) and another from Alcabideche (near Cascais) – dreamed about Our Lady appearing on top of the cliffs of Cape Pedra Mua riding a gigantic she-mule. Inspired by their dream they followed their calling and met at the top of the promontory where they found the miraculous image of Our Lady. The footprints of the she-mule left on the stones of the promontory continue to bear witness to the veracity of the legend, although in reality these are footprints of two types of dinosaur (one being the largest footprint of this type)."

 

 

 

 

comments (12)

M,mm. well, Tom, that legend causes some confusion I bet...This place could be in Mexico by its style.
Tom Wilson: Nice one, isn't it - the legend, I mean? smile I see what you mean about Mexico - of course the building dates from when the same kind of structure was being built by the Spanish invaders in Mexico.
Mexico or Spain...
Amazing legend, that...
Tom Wilson: An odd one, isn't it?
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 21 Nov 2016, 06:54
Looks like it would benefit from the presence of a few masked , caped, Zorro-types, prancing their white stallions about the yard, Tom.
Tom Wilson: I wouldn't be surprised if it had been used by the Portuguese film industry for that very purpose, Ray smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 21 Nov 2016, 07:32
These days Our Lady might come by car, but of what make or model I cannot imagine Tom. Oh to be there in the sunshine on this wet & grey day.
Tom Wilson: I share your longing, Chris - it was a beautiful day.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 21 Nov 2016, 11:05
Neat to have accommodation for visitors. Quite a set-up here - wouldn't have guessed it is a Jurassic park. smile
Tom Wilson: At the time of the footprints the whole earth was Jurassic Park smile
That is the way of legends, eh!
Tom Wilson: They never quite turn out to be what they were thought to be!
The architecture is fabulous Tom.
Tom Wilson: A handsome set of structures!
Interesting legend, somebody must have started them off all those years ago. It looks a fine place to visit.
Tom Wilson: We had a lovely day for it, Brian.
Legends are what we love to hear and believe, Tom, aren't they!
Tom Wilson: They are indeed, Ginnie. Some of them more plausible than others smile
I am half expecting Zorro to appear ...wrong country but there you go
Tom Wilson: That seems to a common response, Bill!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 Nov 2016, 20:57
This is a beautiful place, but not paved with stones. I assume that still lots of pilgrims will come to the sanctuary of 'Nossa Senhora'.
Tom Wilson: Oh, I think that the number of pilgrims is much reduced these days, Philine, and it is only tourists who discover it.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Nov 2016, 22:58
A very fine set of buildings and a great story to go with them.

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