Santuário do Sagrado Coração de Jesus em Santa Luzia

Santuário do Sagrado Coração de Jesus em Santa Luzia

Santuario de Santa Luzia

The Sanctuary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, started by the famous architect Miguel Ventura Terra and completed by his disciple Miguel Nogueira in the 1st half of the 20th century (between 1904 and 1959), was built in the Santa Luzia Mountain range, 228 meters above sea level, in the northern part of the city.

Considered as one of the most famous and emblematic monuments in Portugal, it is an example of contemporary architecture of Romanesque-Byzantine inspiration. Some say also the image and likeness of the Sacré-Coeur in Paris. With elements also of neo-Gothic influence, it has the largest rose windows in the Iberian Peninsula and the second largest in Europe, under a square structure supported by buttresses.

At the back of the monument, you can see the stones of the previous chapel. From the top of the mountain, next to the temple and its steps, garden or park, you can discover and control a large part of the Lima Valley, until you see the village of Ponte de Lima in the background; and the estuary, just below, in the city of Viana. To the north, you can see the Serra d’Arga. This landscape came to be considered one of the most beautiful in the world by specialized magazines. The people from Viana affectionately speak of it as the “Princess of Lima”.


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Legends / Linked Stories

Legend says that the cavalry captain Luís de Andrade e Sousa, after suffering from his vision, asked the saint for helping her, just in the old chapel. Once recovered, he formed the Confraternity of Santa Luzia in the city.


Santuario de Santa Luzia

Information of interest

The temple is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm in winter and from 9 am to 7 pm in summer. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 2:30 pm and Mass at 4 pm (Tuesday to Sunday) It is highly recommended to enjoy the 360º view from its dome, open with the elevator from 9 am to 6:45 pm in summer and until 4:45 pm in winter. Price: 2 €. Cafeteria and shop service.

Contact: 00351 258 823 173.


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