Santuário de Santa Luzia

Santuario de Santa Luzia

Rising just north of the old town is the Monte de Santa Luzia, which at the turn of the 20th century was crowned with a sanctuary inspired by the Sacré-Cœur in Paris. This took a few decades to complete and was designed in Eclecticist style, mixing Neo-Gothic and Byzantine styles. The rose windows on this building are the largest on the Iberian Peninsula, and leading craftsmen were brought in to work on the frescos, sculpture and altar, sculpted from Vila Viçosa marble. The scenery from the dome(and the platform below) will leave you lost for words, presenting Viana do Castelo’s old town, the Atlantic, the River Limia and pine-topped hillscapes in three directions.

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