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  • Santuario Nossa dos Remedios, Lamego, Portugal
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  • Santuario Nossa dos Remedios, Lamego, Portugal
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Lamego Things to Do

  • Santuario Nossa dos Remedios,...

    Leading up to the church which sits on top of the hill is an impressive set of 686 stairs, you can see the view looking down. Just try to imagine how the religious zealots do it on their knees.The last level area or platform before you reach the church is "home" to a beautiful blue tile wall decoration. You might notice, on the closup shot of the...

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    The central piece of the stairway is the pillar/fountain that stands on the last platform before reaching the church on top of the mountain. The male figures crouching at the bottom still spout water from their mouths although there seems to be some "leaking" around the shoulder area. Some of the motifs seem out of place in a religious site, like...

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  • Santuario Nossa dos Remedios, the...

    Just below the church itself is the first "platform" or level area where you find a ring of statues perched on top of pillars. If I counted correctly there are 18 of these, although I have no idea who or what they depict or represent. There are no explanation signs at the site.

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  • Santuario Nossa dos Remedios, the tiles...

    Inside Santuario Nossa dos Remedios there are numerous blue tile panels depicting various religious scenes. As with so much of the blue tile work here in Portugal they are a very vibrant art form that, at least to a layman's eyes, seems super difficult to work with, but in the end adds so much to whatever surrounds it.

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  • Santuario Nossa dos Remedios, windows

    Some of the most beautiful images from churches are the windows, usually stained glass, but here the first photo shows a window "frame" that was the most elegant of them all on the outside.

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  • Santuario Nossa dos Remedios, outside

    Some of the guide books call the Santuario Nossa dos Remedios,, the little brother of the Bom Jesus sanctuary in Braga...well it may be smaller, but it was built first back in 1750, while the other built 34 years later.If you walk up to the sanctuary, you will have to zig and zag up more than 600 steps, quite a feat on your FEET..the religious...

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  • Terraces on the Stairs

    The design of the stairway is exquisite, with landscaping along the sides of the beautiful granite steps and with carvings adorning each terrace. The uppermost terrace, shown here, is called the 'Court of Kings' because of the statues of royalty that encircle it.The entire complex is located within a large forested park, that has walking trails and...

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  • Cathedral

    Pre-dating the birth of Portugal itself, this Gothic-style cathedral was built in 1129 by Afonso Henriques, who became the first King of Portugal a few years later. Over the years of its existance, various additions have blended in other construction styles as well. Today, this National Monument also acts as a museum for artwork from over the...

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  • The View From Above

    The Hotel do Parque, where we were staying just happened to be located at the very top of the famous grand staircase in Lamego. From here, we had a great view out over the city, including its treed main boulevard area at the bottom of the staircase. This was a great way to approach the city!

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Lamego Hotels

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  • Hotel Rural Casa dos Viscondes da Varaza

    Varzea de Abrunhais, Lamego, 5100-878, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Aquapura Douro

    Quinta de Vale Abraao, 5100, Lamego, Northern Portugal, Portugal

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Lamego Hotel

    Quinta Da Vista Alegre, Lamego, 5100 - 183, PT

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

Lamego Restaurants

  • OK - Let's Try Chinese!

    On Sunday night, after our return from our day trip to the northern 'Geraz do Minho' region, we decided to play it safe and try a restaurant in downtown Lamego. After a pleasant stroll to the bottom of the 686 steps, we turned to the right off the treed esplanade onto a parallel street. It was here that we had earlier spotted a Chinese restaurant...

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  • The Hotel Bar

    When arriving at the Hotel do Parque, you must drive down a long tree-lined street through the forest of the park, before arriving at its reception and adjoining bar area, located directly across the plaza from the Shrine. Outside the bar, we very much enjoyed seeing the stump of an 800-year old Chestnut tree that is now adorned by other plants...

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  • Fine Dining

    The hotel restaurant was located in a large and bright room on the ground floor, with first class service by white coated waiters. As their literature says, "Famous for its appetizing and genuine gastronomy, the restaurant is respected for its authentic flavours and traditional food, like the smoked ham and sausages, the roasted 'cabrito' (kid...

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Lamego Local Customs

  • A Popular Wedding Spot

    We were still in the process of dumping our bags in our room at Hotel do Parque when we heard a bit of commotion outside our 3rd storey room. It was a hot mid-afternoon, so we soon threw our windows wide open (nice not to have screens too!) to catch the breezes and also to have a peek at a wedding taking place below.It seems that the combination of...

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  • Azulejos - Ceramic Tiles

    Wherever you go in Portugal, you cannot avoid seeing, and being impressed by, displays made up of hand-painted ceramic tiles. This custom of decorating buildings and other structures with these 'azulejos' has been with the Portugese for over 1000 years, the result of their introduction by Moorish conquerers over the period from about 700 - 1200...

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Lamego Warnings and Dangers

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    by Bwana_Brown Updated Sep 9, 2004

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    When we had checked in, a wedding was in-progress so we did not particularly notice the bells in the twin towers of the next-door shrine of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios. It was only later in the afternoon, after we had climbed back up the 686 steps from town and were resting in our room, that we noticed a pattern developing.

    Over the next two days, we were able to listen to the bells just outside our room every 15 minutes between 7 AM and 9 PM! At the top of the hour, a major display is put on, followed by a gong or two at 15 minutes past or to the hour, while the half-hour brings a short melody!

    Fortunately, we are early risers anyway, so the 7 AM wake-up session served as good motivation to get the day underway!

    Night View - One Tower of the Shrine
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Lamego Off The Beaten Path

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    by Bwana_Brown Updated Sep 8, 2004

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    Actually, this lizard was almost ON the beaten path because we came across it sunning itself on the rocks beside the stairway as we descended to Lamego. This is almost a macro photo, because the lizard was quite small, less than 6 inches in length. I don't know my lizards very well, but this was probably one of the types of Wall Lizard that are common to various parts of Europe.

    It reminded us of all the geckos and lizards that we used to see when living in Zambia and Papua New Guinea.

    A Wall Lizard?
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Lamego Favorites

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    by Bwana_Brown Updated Oct 30, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Located in northern Portugal, not far from the Douro River valley of Port wine fame, I chose to use Lamego as a base from which we could explore this part of Portugal. We spent two nights here and, during day-trips, managed to see both the mountainous 'Geraz do Minho' region further north, as well as a quick tour of the vineyards of the Douro River area (my 'Pinhao' page). The main IP3 superhighway provides a good road connection to the south from here, toward Viseau, where we veered more westerly as we headed for the Atlantic coastline.

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