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Lisbon Pilgrimage - full day
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We start by visiting Santo Antonio de Padua church, built on the site where the saint was born. Inside, the altar
features an image of Antonio with Christ on his arms. Next door, there is a small museum with images and
manuscripts relating to the life of the saint.

Close by is the XII century cathedral, symbol of Lisbon’s Christianity, the oldest church in the city. Inside,
highlights include the font where St. Anthony of Padua was baptized, the main chapel in neoclassical and Rococo
styles, a Gothic cloister and a sacred art museum with relics of Saint Vincent the Martyr.

Sao Vicente Monastery from the XVI century is one of the most important mannerist buildings in the country
and the pantheon of the last royal dynasty in Portugal. It is dedicated to Saint Vincent the Martyr, patron saint
of Lisbon. The interior and cloisters are adorned with exceptional 18th century tiled panels.

Santa Engracia Church from the XVII century, with many similarities to St Peter's in Rome, Lisbon´s largest
baroque structure, is the National Pantheon and contains the tombs of several Portuguese presidents. The interior
is covered in stunning, multicoloured slabs of polished marble. It is crowned with a landmark dome that provides
a 360-degree view.

Next is Madre de Deus convent from the XVI century, rebuilt after the earthquakes. The Baroque decoration of
the interior is worth seeing. The warm gold coloring of the over rich gilt woodwork contrasts with the cool blue
white of the tiles, both combined to present a striking impression.
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We can also pay homage to Basilica da Estrela. This vast 18th century neoclassical monument is one of Lisbon's most eye-catching
landmarks. It has a huge rococo dome and a façade with twin bell towers. The spacious pink and black marble interior contains an elaborate
Empire-style tomb of Queen Maria I and an impressive Christmas manger composed of more than 500 figures.

We than go to the statue of Cristo Rei, an imposing Catholic monument overlooking Lisbon, an icon of Portugal's capital. From the top of
its foundation there is a sweeping view of the city. The base itself contains not only a chapel but also an elevator to go up and enjoy the view
but also ia catholic gift shop.

We won’t leave Lisbon without seeing the church of Jeronimos Monastery, from the XVI century, dedicated to Santa Maria of Belem. It’s
the most impressive symbol of Portugal's power and wealth during the Age of Discovery, with much of the design characterized by
elaborate sculptural details and maritime motifs, the Manueline style. The church interior is huge and beautiful.

We leave Lisbon and go to Mafra Convent, from the XVIII century, one of the biggest constructions in Europe, all made of marble, with two
bell towers boasting the world's largest collection of bells. An impressive building telling about the wealth of king John V. The Church of this
huge Monastery is remarkable for the quality of its marbles and a 200 feet high dome. Various types of marble pink, white, black, gray, blue
and yellow were combined in a geometric pattern. The influences of German Baroque and Italian Classicism are derived inspiration from St
Peter's Church in the Vatican and the Jesus Church in Rome. Also striking are the six organs and the eleven chapels with altar pieces and marble
statues of various saints, the most important collection of works by Italian sculptors to be found anywhere in Portugal.

We then travel northwards through the countryside to Alcobaca and visit the XII century Alcobaca Monastery. Is one of the few European
monuments that has managed to preserve intact an entire group of medieval buildings and its church is the largest early Gothic creation in
Portugal. Moreover, it’s the longest church in the country, an amazing construction which resisted time and earthquakes. See in the transept the
tombs of king Pedro and Ines, the 2 lovers of the most dramatic Portuguese love story.
Entering through the kings room we access to the main cloister, from where we may visit the monks accommodations. The cloisters are
worthwhile a stopover: wander around the garden, kitchen, cellar, refectory, chapter house, dormitory, and learn how monks used to live in this
centenary monastery.

Continue to XIV century Batalha Monastery, the supreme achievement of gothic architecture in Portugal. Manueline additions in the 15th and
16th centuries, gave the monastery it's finer detail. Here you can admire the highest church in Portugal.
You should not miss the Royal Pantheon, the remarkable Manueline cloister, the chapter house with guards keeping watch by the tombs of two
unknown soldiers and the Unfinished Chapels with an incomparable Manueline portal.

Finally Fatima - the center of Christian faith and a local of world's pilgrimage. See the chapel on the place where Our Lady appeared to the
shepherds, the Basilica and the vast square where people crawl on their knees towards the heart of the shrine, in a impressive sign of faith and
devotion, lightning a candle, praying and making a vow to Our Lady or fulfilling a promise. Religious services can be attended.
 
Private excursions of Lisbon by limousines with multilingual drivers.
 
...Lisbon’s history dates back to 300,000 years ago and ranks as one of the world's longest founded cities.
As the legend tells, it is a city founded and named by Ulysses, which has its origins in the Phoenician
words "Allis Ubbo", meaning "enchanting port". Lisbon was a battlefield for Phoenicians, Greeks and
Carthaginians, however it was Romans who started their two-century reign in Lisbon in 205 BC. In 714,
the Moors arrived and stayed till the 12th century. In the 13th century, Lisbon became the capital of
Portugal. The 15th century was the point of departure for the Portuguese Discoveries, an era during
which Portugal enjoyed abundant wealth and prosperity through its newly discovered off shore colonies
in Africa, the Americas and Asia. Today, Lisbon still maintaining the marks of its early history, is one of
the most beautiful capitals of Europe...
 
 
...The city of Alcobaça became notable after the first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques, decided to build there
a Monastery to celebrate the conquest of Santarém. It’s one of the most magnificent gothic monuments in the
country and was the first Gothic building in Portugal, started in the 12th century. Over the centuries this
monastery had an important role on Portuguese culture. The Cistecian monks in Alcobaça dedicated their lives
to meditation, working and teaching. They created the first public school in Portugal, which was begun in 1269,
and the use of the land for farming purposes, providing a genuine agricultural training ground, the fruits of which
are still visible today...
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...In the XIV century, king Ferdinand died without a male heir to the throne; this originated the most
significant civil war in Portugal, involving England and Spain. The winner, king John I, ordered the
construction of this Monastery in homage to his victory and to be his Royal Pantheon. In fact, he
started also what would become known as the “Magnificent Generation”, those Monarchs who gave
the impulse and consolidated the gigantic Portuguese Empire. The Monastery was to be the Portuguese
monarchy's main building project for the next two centuries. Here a highly original, national Gothic
style evolved, profoundly influenced by Manueline art...
 
 
...The Catholic Church regards the three parts of the Fatima Secret and the total Fatima message to be important
and of great value to the spiritual lives of its people. It consists only of prophecies about the new condition of
the Church in the world....  Fatima and its Secret do present us with something deeply serious, for they bring us
face to face with the mysteries of eternal life. Fatima is undoubtedly the most prophetic of modern apparitions.
Faith and prayer are forces which can influence history and that in the end prayer is more powerful than bullets
and faith more powerful than armies...
Fatima - the Centre of Christian faith and a local of world's pilgrimage.
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