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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