Photographer's Note

Cabo Espichel is a place not to miss just outside Lisboa and Sesimbra. As well as being in an excellent place to provide contact with Nature and the Atlantic Ocean.
I guess that was one reason for my TE friends Jose Elias and Sofia when they took me here when we met some time ago.

We can find an agglomeration of constructions which is a sanctuary dedicated to Nossa Senhora do Cabo (The Virgin of the Cape). The church is flanked by buildings which used to serve as a hospice to pilgrims, today everything has been abandoned and is in ruins.

The main altar is Baroque in style and contains some paintings of the same era. The church dates from late XVII/early XVIII century. The blue and white tiles are symbolic of the Virgin. The main altar has a platform which was used by the kings when they visited the church. The architect of this church was João Antunes. The ceiling of the main aisle is painted with XVIII century scenes and the walls are mainly covered with Baroque paintings. The church has two shrines on either side, all from the XVIII century.

In the vestry, two excellent paintings from the XVI century signed by Mestre da Lourinhã depict S. Tiago and Sto. António. A further five paintings which hang with these are from a later date. A fine ark from the XVIII century completes the collection of artifacts found in the vestry. The façade is representative of early Baroque: the portal is crowned by a scallop shell set in stone from the early XVIII century.

The original chapel from which originates the legend of Nossa Senhora do Cabo Espichel from the XV or XVI centuries is little more than a white stain near the ocean, a few metres from the sanctuary. Of tiny proportions, it possesses an interesting bulbous cupola. The tiles inside,covering part of the walls are from the XVIII century.


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