Village on the Mountain (Stock Footage)

Village on the Mountain (Stock Footage)

The Shrine of Our Lady of Peneda in Ponte da Barca, in the parish of Gavieira, the way the town of Melgaço, is likely start date of its construction, the late eighteenth century, judging by date on the existing column to the top the access staircase. It is believed that this location has been a small chapel built to remember the apparition of Our Lady of Peneda, whose cult was growing and motivated the construction of the sanctuary. This place of worship is constituted by the designated stairway of virtues, with statues representing Faith, Hope, Charity and Glory, dated 1854, the main church, completed in 1875, the big yard, the yard of the evangelists and the staircase with about 300 meters and 20 chapels with scenes of Christ’s life. The Feast of the Peneda Lady is annual, lasts for one week, between August 31 and September 8. Legend of Peneda The Lady of Peneda have appeared to August 5, 1220, a child who kept a few goats, the Lady appeared to her in the form of a white dove and told him to ask the inhabitants of Gavieira, to build up that place a hermitage. The shepherd told her parents, but they did not believe the story. The next day when kept goats in the same place, the Lady appeared again, but in the form of the image that exists today, and sent the child to the place of Roussas, ask to bring one crippled woman eighteen years, name, Domenica Gregory that to get close to the image regained his health.

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