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Church
“It's difficult to believe that a century ago, this was rocky pastureland outside an insignificant village. This vast complex is now one of Catholicism's major shrines; the focus of enormous devotion and pilgrimage. At the eastern end is the 1953 Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Fátima, a triumphantly sheer-white building with colonnade reminiscent of St Peter’s. Nearby, the Capela das Aparições (Chapel of the Apparitions) marks the site where the Virgin appeared five times in 1917. At the precinct's western end is the Basílica da Santíssima Trindade. In between is a massive space where the crowds gather. The Capela das Aparições is the focus of the most intense devotion. Supplicants who have promised penance (for example, in return for helping a loved one who is sick, or to signify a particularly deep conversion) shuffle on their knees across the vast esplanade, following a long marble runway polished smooth by previous penitents. Near the chapel is a blazing pyre where people light candles in prayer (most just toss them in the fire due to heat and space concerns). The candles themselves range in price from €0.50 to €2.70, sold on the honour system, and candle lighting queue wait times can top half a day on the holiest of days. The sound of hundreds of candles is like a rushing waterfall. Inside the older church, the Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Fátima, attention is focused on the tombs of the three children, Os Três Pastorinhos (the three little shepherds): Francisco (died 1919, aged 11) and Jacinta (died 1920, aged 10), both victims of the flu epidemic, were beatified in 2000 and canonised in 2017. Lúcia, the third witness of the apparition, entered a convent in Coimbra in 1928, where she died in 2005. Her beatification is underway. The new basilica, Basílica da Santíssima Trindade, was inaugurated in 2007, and, while impressive, has something of a conference-centre feel. A central passageway hung with golden angels leads to a long etched-glass window spelling out scriptural verses in dozens of languages. Running around the edges of the monumental, round marble structure are 12 9m bronze doors, each with a biblical quote dedicated to one of Jesus’ disciples. Inside, the impersonal feel is redeemed by Irish artist Catherine Green’s striking altarpiece depicting a wild-haired and gaunt Crucifixion, backed by Slovenian artist Marko Ivan Rupnik's beautiful mosaic work. At the sanctuary entrance is a segment of the Berlin Wall, a tribute to 'God’s part in the fall of communism'. Masses are held (in Portuguese) regularly, often in the Capelinha das Aparições; and there is a beautiful nightly candlelight procession at 10pm from April to October – check at the information booth near the chapel.”
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Spiritual Center
“One of the most popular Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people visit the place where many believe three young children witnessed apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1917. However, even those not visiting on a pilgrimage can enjoy tours of the town's Wax Museum, the Museum of Sacred Art and the Casa-Museu de Aljustrel, along with the surrounding countryside.”
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Museum
“A Jurassic dinosaur track site containing the oldest and longest sauropod tracks known . ”
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Point of Interest
“Viste o Castelo de Ourém a conheça a sua história. Deslumbre-se com a vista panorâmica e prove a famosa Ginginha do Castelo de Ourém.”
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Museum
“musée recréant l'histoire des apparitions de Fatima, avec des personnages en cire. musée incontournable a voir a fatima.”
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Buurt
“Visit the old village where the cousins grew up. You should also visit the Ethnographic Museum Casa-Museu de Aljustrel and learn about how it was to live in the countryside more than 100 years ago, speak with the locals and you will probably meat relatives of the little shepherds. ”
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Point of Interest
“On the bus station You can either catch a bus or pick up a Taxi anywhere you like. Luckily is also near to us!”
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Restaurant
“One of the best restaurants in Fátima. Extremely visited by famous people from all over the world. Typical portuguese food like it is cooked by a portuguese grandmother. You can feel the love and warmth in the food. Really a place to go to.”
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Restaurant
“Espaço famoso pela sua decoração rústica e pela qualidade que oferece. Cozinha típica, à base de grelhados.”
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Brewery
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“It is a hidden bar from the general public, but very famosos amongst the locals. Good beer, live music and lots of people every weekend night!”
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Place of Worship
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Café
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“Tem preços de todo o gosto, desde o simples snack a um prato mais elaborado como por exemplo arroz de marisco. Situado a 100 metros do alojamento.”
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Grocery or Supermarket
Locality
“Fatima is one of the most famous religious places in Europe. It is a smaller version of Peter's Square in Rome. Nevertheless it is enormous! ”
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Route
“Via Sacra will take you all the way to Aljustrel where the three shepherd used to live. You must stop at Loca do Anjo before you continue the walk to the village.”
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Route
“Remarkable tracksite of the Middle Jurassic period (approximately 175 million years old) contains not just the oldest and longest sauropod tracks known anywhere, but also exceptionally well preserved.”
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