The town of São Braz, bordering the typical Algarve village of Querença, it s another recomended place to visit in The Hiden Algarve, rich of rare beauty and legends.
Legend of São Bráz do Alportel and photos:
February 3, São Brás Day
Blasius (San Brás1) was an Armenian martyr who lived between the third and fourth centuries AD (f. 316) and was Bishop of Sebastia, in Cappadocia (now Armenia Turkish).
Doctor, has become patron of their profession and worship, which it started, probably during the eighth century AD, is associated with the holy waters against throat diseases and maladies, and the dedication of candles leading role in its ritual.
It tells the legend that the saint to return to their city, the new task of "shepherding a flock, found a poor woman who introduced her son, who had a bone stuck in his throat. The child was already purple and dying when the saint came up to her. He put his hands on his cheeks and neck and, after a few prayers, there was the miracle the sprout quickly regained the glow of the eyes and nodded his gratitude to someone who had disappeared the deadly ailment.
The oldest that in ancient times, near the old 'source santa2', which is located a few meters above the Fonte Nova and the washing hall, where the spring water flowed from a rock, it shows the saint (which after 1690 years its disappearance, is named for our land