Portugal Religious Tour
Portugal is quick becoming one of Europe’s most popular destinations, thanks to its affordability, stunning cities, and jaw-dropping coastline. For many people, Portugal is often a spiritual quest – its many churches and important religious sites make for special pilgrimages. Even if you’re not a religious person, you’ll feel moved by the spirit and Portugal’s unique architecture. For an inspiring and educational experience, a Portugal religious tour is the only way to go.
Almost 90 per cent of the Portuguese population is Roman Catholic, but that doesn’t mean other religions don’t get to enjoy religious freedom. Portugal is also home to Protestants, Jews, Muslims, and even small groups of Buddhists, Taoists, and Zoroastrians.
The old Jewish neighbourhood in Oporto is one of Portugal’s most interesting destinations for sightseeing. In 15th-century Portugal, Jews were outcast in the country by the King D. Manuel I who ordered deportation or conversion to Christianity. Three centuries later, the Marquis of Pombal also decreed an exile. With a knowledgeable guide, you can learn all the details while exploring ancient alleyways in the Jewish community. Be sure to visit the immaculate and well-manicured burial grounds known as the Garden of Virtudes. Also visit the Synagogue Kadoorie Mekor-Haim.
Fatima is a must-do on your Portugal religious tour. Visit the Sanctuary of Fatima, which welcomes pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. It’s considered one of the most important Catholic sites in the world, and all visitors are welcome to attend a religious mass. See the Dominican Monastery of Batalha, ordered by King D. Joao I in 1386 to thank the Virgin Mary for the victory in the battlefield of Aljubarrota. The Monastery of Alcobaca has been around since 1178, and was built by the monks of Cister. It’s the first Gothic building ever built in Portugal, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, along with Batalha.Read More ...