Santuário de Santa Luzia

Viana do Castelo, Portugal

Building work of Santuário de Santa Luzia started in 1904, and lasted until 1959. It is the work of architect Miguel Ventura Terra, who was succeeded by Miguel Nogueira, after the death of his master in 1919.

Architecturally, it is of Romanesque-Byzantine inspiration, fitting into the revivalist architecture that marked the turn of the century. Its imposing rose windows are the largest in the Iberian Peninsula and the second largest in Europe.

You can reach the top of the Monte de Santa Luzia by funicular (elevator), by car or by climbing the steps. This place dominates an important part of the Lima river valley and a large stretch of the seashore to the north and south of the estuary, as well as the green mountain range. This panorama has been rated by the National Geographic Magazine as the third most beautiful in the World. 



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Founded: 1904-1959
Category: Religious sites in Portugal


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Emily (2 years ago)
Walk all the way from the town to the the of the temple if you can! Beautiful. Amazing monument to Portugal having not been a part of WWI (or also WWII).
Claudia Santos (2 years ago)
Very peaceful place, with an excellent view of the city (Viana do Castelo). I recommend taking the lift to the top of the church for an even better view and experience - by doing so, it is possible to see the very old and amazing old stone walls of the church. All the places are accessible to everyone, inside the church and out (lift not included). It is possible to eat outside as there are parks with stone tables and benches.
Bianca E Silva (2 years ago)
This sanctuary is located at the top of the hill, giving spectacular panoramic views of the city and the coast line. When we went, unfortunately there was a lot of fog. Nevertheless, we could see the view every now and then. Apart from the view, the sanctuary itself is beautiful and well-maintained. The artwork in the interior is to die for.
Hugo Sampaio (2 years ago)
Excellent panoramic view. While there, make a prayer in the church and enjoy this particular Viana's view.
Bruno R Santos (3 years ago)
The most popular, iconic, magical and "must visit" spot in town. The view is breath-taking, especially, in Zimbório (the church top - the entrance is from the back), the air is fresh and pure, the church is beautiful. Take a time to walk around and enjoy the nature. No rush. There's a stairway and a funicular from the city centre that I recommend. Enjoy!
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