The Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe, a national monument under the tutelage of the Regional Directorate of Culture of the Algarve, located next to the village of Raposeira, in the municipality of Vila do Bispo, has already completed its accessibility project.
This is an initiative carried out with funding from Turismo de Portugal, through Valorizar – Program to Support the Enhancement and Qualification of Destinations, and the Support Line for Accessible Tourism.
The primary objective of this project was to provide the Ermida de Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe with «an accessible route for any visitor with reduced mobility, whether temporary or permanent», and «to promote inclusive communication, useful to all visitors, considering strategies, actions and resources to eliminate physical, intellectual, sensory, social or cultural barriers», explains the Regional Directorate of Culture of the Algarve.
There were several accessibility solutions integrated into the project. First, the installation of a walkway and access ramp to the temple itself, which makes the interior of the monument accessible to visitors in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.
The remaining interventions relate to other types of needs, offering multiple learning opportunities, with a multisensory and multimodal communication strategy.
Signage panels were placed with historical context information, both inside the chapel and in the surrounding space.
In the Reception Center of this national monument, a kit with information in simple writing, chromatic contrast, enlarged text and Braille (PT), and plates with an embossed image, in 2D, is available for consultation.
The implantation of a billboard, with interactive multimedia equipment, next to the Monument's Welcoming Center, allows every visitor to access historical contextual information, from the origins of the cult to Our Lady of Guadalupe, on its diffusion throughout the Iberian Peninsula and around the world, the possible origins of this hermitage in the Algarve, its architectural elements, associated memories and even the myths of the Black Virgins.
An audio description of the hermitage is also available on this equipment.
Finally, one of the most visual and sensory solutions, the holographic effect, placed inside the temple, which tells us about the legendary origin of the cult of the Virgin of Guadalupe and its spread throughout the world, until the appearance of this chapel in the Algarve.
«This option makes it possible to offer a sensory experience to all types of audiences, whether young children, people with low literacy, or elderly people with little appetite for interacting with new technologies», explains DRC do Algarve.
All project contents are presented in three languages (Portuguese, English and German), in an accessible language. LGP – Portuguese Sign Language and SI (International Signal) are also options in the videos available on the mupi, as well as in the animation of the holographic experience, a solution that also includes audio description.
«The Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe is one of the most enigmatic testimonies of the Gothic in the Algarve region and of particular historical relevance, in the context of the heritage landscape associated with the Promontory of Sagres», adds the Regional Directorate of Culture of the Algarve.
The monument can be visited every day, except Mondays and on the holidays of January 1st, January 22nd (municipal holiday), Easter Sunday, May 1st and December 25th. The visitor can purchase the “Rota do Infante” circuit ticket, which also includes the visit to the Fortress of Sagres.