OF STEPPED CHURCHES
The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception (Nossa Senhora da Imaculada Conceição) is located in Panjim, Goa, India. The colonial Portuguese Baroque style church was first built in 1541 as a chapel on a hill side overlooking the city of Panjim. It was eventually replaced by a larger church in the 17th century. It is famous for the panoramic view of the city and a grand stairway to the top of the hill from Praça da Igreja, Church Square, Altinho, Panjim, Goa, India. ~ Photo by Tony Fernandes.
Remembering our visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies (O santuário da Nossa Senhora do Remedios) Monte de Santo Estevão, Lamego, Portugal. 686 steps ending in a shrine built in the rocaille style in the mid-eighteenth century.
Remembering our visit this day last year to Bom Jesus do Monte. It is a Portuguese sanctuary in Tenões, outside the city of Braga, in northern Portugal. Its name means Good Jesus of the Mount. The Sanctuary is a notable example of pilgrimage site with a monumental, Baroque stairway that climbs 116 meters (381 feet). It is an important tourist attraction of Braga. The design of the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus, with its Baroque nature emphasized by the zigzag form of its stairways, influenced many other sites in Portugal (like Lamego) and colonial Brazil, like the Sanctuary of Congonhas. These stairways have a remarkable resemblance to the ones of the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception (Nossa Senhora da Imaculada Conceição) Panjim, Goa. India.