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.

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João Dickmann

Lisbon, Setubal, Sintra, Tangier, Arrabida...

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Discover the history and culture of the Jewish community in Lisbon on this tour around the city. Explore Portugal’s relationship with the Jewish community from the beginning of its formati…

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Lisbon, Portugal

Car, Religious, Sightseeing

 
 
 
 
$400 USD

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Lisbon, Portugal, Portugal

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Lisbon, Portugal

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From Portugal, head to magnificent Sintra to see the westernmost point in Portugal, known as Cabo da Roca. The Estoril Coast will leave you spellbound, and is considered the Portuguese Riviera. While here, you’ll learn about the religious and historical significance of sites like the Sintra Moorish Castle, Pena Palace, and Palace Seteais.

If you’re spending most of your time in Lisbon, visit the Convento do Carmo, once the largest convent in Portugal until it was partially destroyed by an earthquake. Nowadays it’s a popular tourist attraction, and during the summer months frequent concerts are held here. The Lisbon Cathedral built in the 12th century is also worth a visit, and resembles a fortress on the outside. The breathtaking Sao Vincente de Fora is another must-see. The church was originally built as part of a 12th-century convent but now is the Royal Pantheon for the Portuguese monarchy.

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