20 septembre 2016
Bom Jesús do Monte / Good Jesus of the Mount The sanctuary of "Good Jesus of the Mount" is situated in Tenões , a few km away from Braga. This is one of the oldest Cathedrals in Portugal. A chapel dedicated to Holy Cross was indicated on the hilltop (116m) around 1373. The present Neo-classical church was built by Carlos Amarante in 1784. The Baroque style ziz zag stairway is quite impressive. Altogether there are 580 steps & 17 landings. The landings are decorated with... [Lire la suite]
23 juillet 2014
Cabo Da Roca Cabo Da Roca is the western most tip of Portugal & the Continental Europe. It is located in the Sintra -Cascais Natural Park & is 144 ft above sea level. This is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. A Crucifix Monument was erected in the middle with the insciption of longitude, latitude & a verse of a 16th centuary Portuguese Poet Luís Vaz de Camões "Onde a terra termina e o mar começa" ( where the land ends and the sea begins). The right side of the... [Lire la suite]
04 juillet 2014
Discoveries Monument The Discoveries Monument was first built for the 1940 World Exibition. It was demolished & the same was rebuilt in 1960 for the 500th death anniversary of Henry the Navigator. This majestic monument is erected at the Marina of Belém, where Vasco da Gama embarked after his voyage to India (1847). In 1893, Christopher Colombus also anchored here on his way back home after his discovery of America.This 171ft monument, shaped like a ship's prow is made of cement and rose colored stone. The... [Lire la suite]
19 mai 2014
Vasco da Gama Bridge The Ponte Vasco da Gama is the longest road bridge(17.2 km) in Europe. This 6 lane cable-stayed bridge was designed by Armando Rito. It connects Lisbon to the southern part of Portugal by crossing the Tangus River. This was inaugurated on 29th Mar '98 for the Lisbon Expo 1998 World fair. The bridge was named "Ponte Vasco da Gama" to honour the explorer & to celebrate his 500th anniversary of discovering the direct sea route to India.