Saint Luzia's Basilica - Revisited by João Figueiredo

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For those who travel to Viana do Castelo, this is the owner of the mountain, the “king of the hill”. Everywhere from the city or nearby you can see this Catholic Temple in honour to Saint Luzia. The construction works started in 1903 and only ended in 1943 and took 3 architects in separated phases of it’s construction. Nevertheless, the Basilica was opened to pilgrims and visitors in 1926.

The building combines many different architectural styles, among them neo-romantic, neo-gothic and Byzantine and counts as well with a balcony at the top for an amazing panoramic view and a carillon with 26 bells. If you ever go to this city, you cannot miss this!

Viana do Castelo – Portugal


Canon EOS 550D + 50mm lens + CPL filter
f3.5 opening / 1/320 sec exposure

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Coming from Portugal, established in Sweden since 2010. “I tell what I see, I see what I tell.”

Self tought. I am still learning, I allways will be! Landscapes and nature were, are and allways will be my favourite thing to shoot. Other motifs? Yeah, they will come as well…

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  • Robyn Carter
    Robyn Carterover 1 year ago


  • Thanks so much Robyn!!

    – João Figueiredo

  • John44
    John44over 1 year ago

    Absolutely gorgeous! Well worth

  • Thanks John!! Trully appreciated for the support!

    – João Figueiredo

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeover 1 year ago

    Beautiful Portrait;love those old churches;they’re so photogenic!

  • Thanks so much Robyn!!! Very much appreciated for the compliment and for the fave!! I love to shoot old buildings…

    – João Figueiredo

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehover 1 year ago

    Fascinating, and at the same time unusual. Love the combination of style, the grandness, the symmetry, and the way it is raised.

  • Thank you so much Mui-Ling!! I would go ahead and say that it was due to the tight budget. Religious constructions and medieval/renaissance constructions have a tendency to be monumental allong with their budgets. This implies many years of a slow construction and therefore different architects and different “bosses” as decades go by. You can read a bit about it on the photo’s description.

    Thank you for the visit, and thank you for your words, trully appreciated!!

    – João Figueiredo

  • aprilann
    aprilannover 1 year ago

  • Thank you! Nice to be in! :)

    – João Figueiredo

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 1 year ago

    Fabulous building, I would love to see that – great shot too

  • Well, let me know if you need some help geting there, it is defo worth and not very hard! Take an airplane to Porto and then you can take the train, bus or car (car is the fastest option, you should take about 40min from the airport to get there). Thanks so much for the great comment, much appreciated!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Janone
    Janoneover 1 year ago

    Beautiful picture of this stunning monument, Joäo. TOP shot..!

  • Thanks Jan! It’s pretty much hard to go there without taking a great shot ahahahahah thanks so much for the fave and for the compliment!!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 1 year ago

  • Pretty awesome Marie!!! Thanks!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Mark Williams
    Mark Williamsover 1 year ago

    Excellent work Joao – love the perspective!!

  • Thanks Mark! It’s a great place to shoot, much appreciated for the fave and for the comment!!

    – João Figueiredo

  • lucin
    lucinover 1 year ago

    So lovely this the major feature micmicing the trees.

  • Lucin, would you mind to rephrase that, I really didn’t understand it… What does “micmicing” means? Sorry!

    – João Figueiredo

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