The first steps at the staircase of Senhora da Piedade in Tomar

I have mentioned before that the best way to reach the Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Piedade in Tomar, Portugal, is on foot by climbing a flight of 286 steps, to the top of the hill. These photos show us just the beginning of the long walk up to the hill where this 400 years chapel was built. Though the construction of the chapel started in 1512, the staircase was built only in 1846 to answer the growing devotion by the people of Tomar to the patroness saint Nossa Senhora da Piedade.

Staircase of Senhora da Piedade, Tomar, Portugal

This is the start of the staircase heading up to the hill where the Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Piedade in Tomar was built 400 years ago. To the right of the staircase is the street Estrada do Prado

 

Monumental staircase up the hill to Senhora da Piedade, Tomar

Another view of the staircase of Senhora da Piedade in the City of Tomar in Portugal. In this photo my wife and son were already in their way to our destination

 

Walking up the long staircase to Senhora da Piedade, Tomar

At this stage of our progress upward to the Chapel of Senhora da Conceição, there were no stairs but a steep cobblestone ramp, built in the middle of the 19th century

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