Lanhoso Castle and the Sanctuary of of Our Lady of Pilar

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Lanhoso Castle and the Sanctuary of of Our Lady of Pilar


The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Pilar and The Lanhoso Castle are located in Monte do Pilar, the largest granite monolith in the country, halfway between the rivers Cávado and Ave, in the municipality of Póvoa de Lanhoso.

The Sanctuary, of Marian devotion, has a Via Sacra formed by five chapels similar to those that exist in the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus de Braga.

The Lanhoso Castle, although today is very uncharacteristic, is one of the most important castles in Portugal and has been classified as national monument in 1910. The tradition says that in this castle on two ocasions has taken refuge the Countess Teresa of Leon, mother of D. Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal.

With the beginning of the modern era, the castle lost its importance and in the sixteenth century part of this was dismantled to begin the construction of the Sanctuary.