Lamego and the Douro Valley
9.10.15 - 9.10.15
Or morning adventure took us to the lovely town of Lamego. With origins before the Roman occupation of the Iberian Peninsula, Lamego is known for its historic city center, having a long history as a principal city of the former Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro Province. Legend holds that the first Portuguese Cortes were held in Lamego, in 1143.The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lamego is based in the city center. The highlight of the city is the Shrine of our Lady of Remedies. One of the oldest church erected during Portughese era. It has been dedicated to Mary, the Mother of Jesus. The statue on the main altar has profound history. The non-Christian powers tried to vandalized, disgraced and burn this beautiful structure but Blessed Mother protected the building from distructive forces. the staute has been intact inspite being burnt down several occassion. Over the centuries people have experience the healing power of the Blessed Mother (not just physically but mentally, emotionally and psychologically) healing touch. For this reason, Mary has been called Our Lady of Remedy (HEALER). When Vasai diocese was erected, this church got the status of the Shrine.
After lunch we got underway for our eastward transit of the Douro Valley to the Spanish border, of course traversing several locks. It was a postcard day and the voyage was spectacular.
We finished our day with a Flamenco show on board!