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So I'm posting Our Lady of the Visitation once more, only time time I've included the whole facade.Just like the last ones I've posted, this one was also taken at sunset.
This church is Manueline (nowadays that can be seen mainly inside and also on the doorway).
It was in the Castle of Montemor-o-Novo that King D. Manuel gathered the court, by the end of the 15th century, to decide Vasco da Gama's departure to India.It is said that after the departure to India, the king used to come to this chapel to pray.
The architecture, as well as the blue & white colours are traditional from the south. The interior is simple but beautiful and it has two rooms completely filled with ex-votos brought by the people. They date from the 18th till this century but most part of them date from the period of the 1st World War and from the period of the War in the Portuguese Ex-Colonies. The history of the region is partially told in these rooms. But, the most famous ex-voto is a crocodile brought by a soldier when he came from the war in Africa. There is a feast every summer and its to this chapel most part of the people in the area come to pray or ask for something and almost everyone has a photo in the middle of all those ex-votos. Thats a way of asking for protection.

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