On May 13 the Virgin Mary came down from heaven to Covadeiría . This song can be heard when cranking out an old wooden figurine showing the Virgin of Fatima. It carries all the life in my home. The Virgin appeared to 3 shepherd kids that prayed. 2 of them said they would die soon, and the other has lived until recently. Francisco and Jacinta were the 2 who died while still young and their bodies were buried in the Basilica of Fatima in Portugal. They are blessed in the Church.
It seems a very gloomy, right? But that isn't what I intended - I wanted to pay tribute to people who have dedicated their lives to adventure and discovery, and to put us all in touch with each other. Over time we have managed to create, for better or worse, this planet called Earth and this race called Humana. The tomb of Vasco de Gama is in the Jeronimos Monastery of Santa Maria de Belém, Lisbon, and is where you can see his tomb with a carved figure of him in it. Vasco de Gama was a famous Portuguese navigator who sailed directly from Europe to India. The monastery where his grave is was commissioned by Portuguese King Manuel I (The Lucky) and he did it to commemorate Vasco da Gama's successful return from India.
The entrance fee to the Cathedral also includes a visit to the ossuary, which is accessed by the small cloister next to the bell tower and the outer chapel. It's an old cemetery with several tombstones in the ground and the altar has the image of the Virgin in a niche. I found it shocking because it's built entirely with bones and skulls!
This small chapel is almost on the outskirts of town, where it begins, on the road leading to the football field of the town. I went to see it, because its steeple was visible in the distance from the Plaza Mayor, but it proved to be the chapel of the cemetery, so I couldn't go inside because the site was closed at the time. It was built in the eighteenth century. Opposite the church there is a stone Cross on a small square base with some stairs, part of Sendim's remarkable heritage (there are other crosses and stone crosses in different parts of town).
This medieval cemetery can be found just outside Esposende in Fao, which is about 4 kilometers away. The cemetery is also known as the Barreiras medieval cemetery, because it's the name of the place where it's located. The cemetery is considered one of the most significant cemeteries in Europe from the Middle Ages. According to the customs of the time, the bodies came with the head always facing west. There is an impressive array of tombs and mausoleums dating from the ninth to the fourteenth century. As it appears, the cemetery was discovered in 1989, and which was covered with dunes. During excavations were also found coins, pottery, and stone steles.
Inside Gerónimos Monastery is the tomb of Luis de Camões, a sixteenth century poet and the most important writer in Portuguese (the equivalent of Shakespeare or Cervantés in Portuguese literature). A historical-literarycuriosity that people miss.