St. Benedict of Norcia Statue online Sale Shopping Wooden Christmas Angels; The Sanctuary of São Bento da Porta Aberta is a Portuguese Catholic shrine, located in the parish of Rio Caldo, in Terras de Bouro. Its origin dates back to 1615, with the construction of a small hermitage. The current sanctuary is from the late 19th century. Its reconstruction began in 1880 and was completed in 1895. The designation of São Bento da Porta Aberta is due to the fact that the hermitage always has its doors open and serves as a refuge for travelers.
In 2013 to receive the classification of the Basilica, the upgrading of the main chapel to ambo level, the improvement of lighting and delimitation was carried out.
It receives 2.5 million pilgrims a year, being the second Portuguese shrine after Fatima, although it does not have a favorable geographical situation, nor does it benefit from communication routes.
The shrine was elevated to a minor basilica by Pope Francis on March 21, 2015 in commemoration of its 400th anniversary.
The Fellowship of S. Bento da Porta Aberta is preparing an application for the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Property.