Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro
Church in Braga
The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro, also known as the Sanctuary of Sameiro, is a Marian shrine located in Espinho, near the city of Braga, Portugal.
The construction of the neoclassical sanctuary was initiated in the 19th century by Father Martinho da Silva. Although it does not have much artistic interest, the main altar boasts a silver tabernacle and the image of the patron saint, sculpted by Eugénio Maccagnani in Rome and brought to the sanctuary in 1880.
The construction of the domed church of Nossa Senhora do Sameiro began on 14 July 1863, initiated by the Vicar of Braga, Padre Antonio Martinho Pereira da Silva. As the largest Marian devotional shrine in Portugal, it is second only to the Sanctuary of Fátima.
On 22 December 1876, Pope Pius IX granted the decree of Canonical coronation to the Marian image, which was executed on 12 June 1904 by Archbishop Giuseppe Macchi. The shrine was visited by Pope John Paul II on 15 May 1982.
Visiting Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro
Winter, Monday through Saturday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm and Sunday from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm
Summer, Monday through Saturday from 7:30 am to 7 pm and Sunday from 6:30 am to 7 pm.