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Santuário de Nossa Senhora da Conceiçáo

Vila Viçosa, Portugal


Santuário da Padroeira de Portugal, a Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Conceição, antigamente chamada de Santa Maria do Castelo, situa-se dentro da cerca das muralhas e foi visitado pelo Papa João Paulo II em 1982 e palco do baptismo da Infanta D. Maria Francisca Isabel de Bragança em 1997.


Remodelada após o terramoto de 1755, sofreu, ainda, profundas alterações nos fins do século XIX, assumindo o seu exterior as linhas sóbrias que hoje conserva. Foi ainda alvo de um restauro exterior durante o ano de 2005.




Vila Viçosa (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈvilɐ viˈsɔzɐ]) is a municipality in Portugal with a total area of 195.0 km² and a total population of 8,745 inhabitants.

The municipality is composed of 5 parishes, and is located in the District of Évora.


The area of Vila Viçosa has been inhabited since Antiquity, and it was the site of a small settlement in Roman times. The region was part of the Visigoth Kingdom and later was came under Moorish control after the Muslim conquest of Hispania. Moorish domination ended in 1217, when the region was reconquered by the Order of Aviz, a military order of knighthood that reclaimed large parts of Southern Portugal to the Christians. The order promoted the settlement in the area during the 13th century. In 1270, King Afonso III granted a foral (letter of feudal rights) to the incipient village of Vila Viçosa. In the early 14th century, King Dinis I built a castle in the village, to protect it from potential Castilian incursions.



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Taken on April 24, 2012