The Pantheon in Rome was designed by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa between 25 and 27 BC, as a temple dedicated to the main gods of Roman mythology. And, since then, it has become one of the most important symbols of the city. Rebuilt by Emperor Hadrian between 118 and 125 AD, the Pantheon is the best-preserved monument in Ancient Rome. Unlike current archaeological sites such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, or the Imperial Forums, the Pantheon in Rome has remained almost intact over time!
The Convent of the Capuchos is one of the least visited monuments in the Cultural Landscape of Sintra because it’s not served by public transportation. But if you prefer to discover places with few people, then you really need to explore this former Franciscan convent! Built with low environmental impact and in perfect harmony with the green landscape that surrounds it, the Convent of the Capuchos is the ideal place for outdoor lovers. In fact, it looks like it was sculpted by Mother Nature!
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Peneda is located in Arcos de Valdevez, in the heart of the Peneda-Gerês National Park. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it was built in the 18th and 19th centuries, inspired by the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, in Braga. If you’re thinking of visiting Portugal’s only national park in the near future, I think you should add the Sanctuary of Peneda to your travel itinerary. After all, its bucolic location in the middle of the mountains makes it a unique sanctuary!
Saint Peter’s Basilica is the largest and most important church in the Catholic religion. Located in Vatican City State (or Holy See, the seat of the Catholic Church), it’s one of the main pilgrimage centers in the world. Besides, it was built between the 16th and 17th centuries in the monumental Saint Peter’s Square and had the collaboration of some of the most renowned artists of the Renaissance and Baroque, such as Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Raffaello Sanzio, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini!
The Sanctuary of Fátima emerged from the request made by Our Lady of the Rosary to the Three Little Shepherds, on the apparition of October 13th, 1917. What started as a small chapel in honor of the Virgin Mary, became a national sanctuary and the most important pilgrimage site in Portugal, with millions of visitors every year! Despite being a religious destination, the Sanctuary of Fátima is the perfect place for a day trip from Lisbon, due to the beautiful architecture of its many monuments!
The Sacré-Coeur Basilica is one of the most visited monuments in Paris, with over 11 million annual visitors. Located in the Montmartre district, it was projected by Paul Abadie and its construction took place between 1875 and 1914. But did you know that the Catholic temple symbolizes a national penance in response to France’s defeat in the Franco-Prussian War? The French believed that their misfortune had spiritual causes and concluded that only a megalomaniac work could save them!
The Sainte-Chapelle of Paris (ie, Holy Chapel of Paris) is one of the most beautiful reliquaries in the world. Constructed in the former Palais de la Cité, it was intended to house very important treasures of Christianity (like the Crown of Thorns) and it’s estimated that the Holy Relics acquired by Louis IX cost three times the construction of the chapel! Apart from the Sainte-Chapelle, the only vestige of the Palais de la Cité is the Conciergerie, known as the prison of Marie Antoinette!
Mont Saint-Michel is one of the most indescribable places in France and was even inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, as proof of its historical and architectural importance. And although many people have already heard about this magical place in Normandy, I’m sure I found 10 things you probably didn’t know about Mont Saint-Michel! So, read this article and discover fun & interesting facts, hidden gems, and secret places about Mont Saint-Michel!
The Monastery of Tibães is one of the most beautiful and important monasteries in Portugal. In fact, I think it’s a pity that this monument hasn’t been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (yet), like the Monasteries of Batalha, Hieronymites, and Alcobaça. If you’re thinking of visiting Braga, I recommend you spend one day exploring its historic center and another discovering the religious heritage on the outskirts of the city – namely the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus and the Monastery of Tibães!
The Sanctuary of Bom Jesus is a reference to Neoclassical art in Portugal and the best-known sanctuary in the country, after the Sanctuary of Fátima. Therefore, exploring this “sacred hill” is a highly recommended experience for all travelers and tourists visiting the city of Braga and the northern region of Portugal. The Bom Jesus is just a few kilometers from the historic center but has excellent access to transportation. Besides, it’s the perfect spot to admire the sunset over Braga!