Capela de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios - Peniche

Interior - Nossa Senhora dos Remedios
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Nossa Senhora dos Remédios
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Interior - Nossa Senhora dos Remédios
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This pretty little chapel stands at the western end of the Peniche peninsula, near Cabo Cavoeiro, and is believed to date from the 1600s. However, it sits on land that has been considered holy since images of the Virgin Mary appeared in a cave here in medieval times. According to local legend, they were discovered by a pirate seeking refuge. 

The chapel's interior has some delightful seventeenth century painted azulejo tiles in traditional blue and white detailing the Mary's life. A humbling spot that demonstrates the religious devotion of many Portuguese even today, the chapel is the site of a annual pilgrimage and festival in October.

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