Lamego is a city and municipality in the Viseu District, in northern Portugal and located on the shores of the Balsemão River amidst the vineyard-covered hills of the Alto Douro region.
The town is famous for its magnificent baroque stairway that climbs the steep Santo Estêvão hill to the beautiful Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios. It is one of the main pilgrimage churches in the country. From Avenida Dr. Alfredo de Sousa, in the centre of Lamego, there is an immense staircase that climbs to the top of the hill, where the Sanctuary is located.
Built on top of Mount St. Stephen (Monte de Santo Estêvão), between the 18th and 20th centuries, this Marian shrine is visited by pilgrims from all over the country – especially on September 8, the day of the Nativity of the Virgin and the high point of the feasts in honour of Our Lady of Remedies, which usually include fireworks, musical shows and various sports and recreational activities amidst the dense grove of the pleasant Santo Estêvão Park. The Procession of the Triumph, with its richly adorned paraders, is a highpoint.
Located downtown in Lamego you can visit the beautiful Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral which is also called Lamego Cathedral and is a religious building affiliated with the Catholic Church that was founded in 1129.
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