E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Cape, Cape Espechal.

Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Cape, Cape Espechal.


Pilgrims Lodgings and Church

This amazing place was built in the early eighteenth century, by King Pedro II and King José. I believe it was designed by João Antunes.

Nearby is how it all started. My earlier picture showing the interior and the lovely azulejos inside the tiny, 14th century, "Memory Chapel" tiles is - here -

This larger church was built first, between 1701 and 1707, but pilgrims had nowhere to stay, which led to the range of buildings being built between 1715 and 1760.

The lower part of the buildings were shops, with stairs between them leading to the upper part which was where the pilgrims stayed during religious festivals.

I have seen pictures showing this courtyard crammed with vehicles. When we visited it was very quiet, and very hot, a time for only "Mad dogs and Englishmen" to venture out.

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The legend of "Our Lady of the Cape" may date back to 1410- here -
"... It's said that actual cult began in 1410 when the loved image of Our Lady of the Cape was discovered by two old men from two distant villages, whom in equal dreams were warned by the Heavens of the apparition."

Another explanation is mentioned - here -

"... many moons ago a brightly lit image of the Virgin would appear and save sailors from shipwreck in storms. One such lucky soul sold all he owned to build the chapel in her honour, where he would live the rest of his days alone and requested that his crew visit his hermitage every year, hence the annual pilgrimage which continued for many centuries."
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Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Cape, Cape Espechal.


Pilgrims Lodgings and Church

This amazing place was built in the early eighteenth century, by King Pedro II and King José. I believe it was designed by João Antunes.

Nearby is how it all started. My earlier picture showing the interior and the lovely azulejos inside the tiny, 14th century, "Memory Chapel" tiles is - here -

This larger church was built first, between 1701 and 1707, but pilgrims had nowhere to stay, which led to the range of buildings being built between 1715 and 1760.

The lower part of the buildings were shops, with stairs between them leading to the upper part which was where the pilgrims stayed during religious festivals.

I have seen pictures showing this courtyard crammed with vehicles. When we visited it was very quiet, and very hot, a time for only "Mad dogs and Englishmen" to venture out.

edit
The legend of "Our Lady of the Cape" may date back to 1410- here -
"... It's said that actual cult began in 1410 when the loved image of Our Lady of the Cape was discovered by two old men from two distant villages, whom in equal dreams were warned by the Heavens of the apparition."

Another explanation is mentioned - here -

"... many moons ago a brightly lit image of the Virgin would appear and save sailors from shipwreck in storms. One such lucky soul sold all he owned to build the chapel in her honour, where he would live the rest of his days alone and requested that his crew visit his hermitage every year, hence the annual pilgrimage which continued for many centuries."
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comments (20)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Nov 2008, 01:21
Is this Inquisition time...or, a little later.

Looks like a place designed for public discovery of crimes against the Church.

Great shot, Ellie.
EJWilkins: I've had to look it up because it hadn't crossed my mind or anybody else's, neither when we were there or when I was looking for information online. It doesn't feel like a place born out of unpleasantness, it's remarkably calm actually. The location may explain that, as well as the “Vision”. As far as I know there are religious processions from Sesimbra, I don’t think they have roots in the "Auto-da-fé" (Act of faith)

The Portuguese Inquisition was formalised by the Pope (Leo X) in 1536 and formally ended in 1821. In Spain it ran from 1478-1834 (from Wikipedia)
  • martie
  • United States
  • 23 Nov 2008, 02:18
What a beautiful place! I can't imagine that it was part of the Inquisition - it looks so peaceful and calm, as if nothing ugly has ever occurred there.
EJWilkins: It was peaceful and quiet while we were there, but I could imagine it bustling, filled with happy people
Heavens Ellie - what a place! I wonder how many people dwell here...
EJWilkins: Amazing place Chris, but I'm not sure if anybody lives there permanently any more. Transport is easier than it used to be, and it's very isolated.
  • FLOOG
  • The valleys of a contented soul
  • 23 Nov 2008, 06:26
An amazing location, and a superb perspective to show it off.

I wonder if it has featured in any films, it has that sort of feel smile
EJWilkins: It's an astonishing location, as you'll see from later pictures. Income from filming could be a huge benefit
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 23 Nov 2008, 06:59
A very nicely captured sense of space!
EJWilkins: Thanks Martin, there certainly is plenty of space there
Beautifully composed picture Ellie
EJWilkins: Thanks, this was one of several taken from "this end", but some of them had the chimneys too close to the cross so weren't as good - something I hadn't realised when I was pressing the button on the camera
Beautiful picture Ellie, clear and enticing. I love this type of architecture, which is also in Brazil (which was colonised by the Portuguese). My immediate reaction was that this was a place that I visited in Brazil!
EJWilkins: This does seem to have an atmosphere of being away from Portugal, perhaps the isolated spot has something to do with it too.
Lovely shooting angle Ellie. richard
EJWilkins: Thanks, I did my best
Superb perspective shot Ellie. What a place!
EJWilkins: It's an amazing place Richard, closer for you to visit than us - you ought to go there some time
  • Chad Doveton
  • location location location.
  • 23 Nov 2008, 12:16
This is fabulous, Ellie, and photographed at a great angle.
EJWilkins: Fabulous is the right word for this place. Thanks Chad
Love the composition Ellie with the cross off centre, what a beautiful place.
EJWilkins: It's a beautiful place in beautiful surroundings. They didn't call the area Cape Espechal for nothing wink
What a wonderful place. Great shot Ellie.
EJWilkins: It is wonderful, happy to share it with you Janet
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Nov 2008, 13:19
Ellie, this is fabulous, love the perspective and the beauty of this all, wonderfull compositon.

I just came running from Bill's SC and saw you are waiting for the snow, I promised Bill to make you...erm....erm.....a little jealous, it is snowing right now.......big flakes....I was lucky that I was out early for my run in the polder, even a little sun and I met my friend so we run together for a few miles...these things do cheer me up.
I will write soon, have a great Sunday afternoon.
groeten Astrid.
EJWilkins: I hope your Sunday was a good one too Astrid, lucky you to have some snow when there's time to enjoy it smile
Very interesting explanation for a great shot with perfect composition and colours
EJWilkins: Gosh, that's praise indeed, thank you Albert
cracking image, lovely and sharp
  • Alan
  • Southampton, on the sunny south coast of England
  • 23 Nov 2008, 21:54
I was half-expecting another of your lovely photos from St Cross! Still, it has the same religious connection, though! You did well to capture this without the vehicles; a well-deserved siesta by all , perhaps?
Great angle, Ellie! I like!
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 24 Nov 2008, 01:02
Amazing & powerful view of a heavenly sanctuary!
Hi Ellie, beautiful perspective!

I like it very much smile
Great capture Ellie, and very nice depth to this photograph. Interesting history too! I think of all the people who have journeyed through here through the ages.

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