Fatima and the Sanctuary of Our Lady

May 13th 1917, three children were caring for a small flock, at the small location of Cova da Iria in Fatima, when they were surprised by the appearance of a "lady brighter than the sun." The lady told them they had to pray a lot, and reappeared several times. The Chapel of Apparitions was built at the place where one of the apparitions took place.

Attending the candle procession is living a moment of great faith and hope and you may do so beyond the 13th of May and October, throughout the year, especially in the summer where it happens daily.

Apart from the Chapel of the Apparitions and the Basilica, the Altar of the World gained a new meditation space: the Basilica of the Holy Trinity. It was designed by the Greek Orthodox architect Alexandros N. Tombazis and has more than eight thousand seated places. The building, which featured contributions from numerous artists from around the world, impresses by its size as well as for its simplicity. The panel of 500 square meters, placed behind the altar, leaves no one indifferent. Gold and terracotta were the raw materials used in the work of Fr Ivan Rupnik, Slovenian Jesuit famous for his work in the Redemptoris Mater chapel in the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

The engineering design of the church, which opened in October 2007, had already been honored with the award of the Secil Civil Engineering, the highest Engineering award given in Portugal. In 2009 it wins the prize OStrA and the "Nobel of Engineering" by IABSE.

Be sure to also visit the Houses of the Three Shepherds, the House-Museum of Aljustrel (Ethnographic Museum), the Via Crucis and the Calvary.


Fatima and the Sanctuary of Our Lady


Fatima, for thousands of people, remains the Altar of the World. A refuge of faith and encounter with Our Lady.


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Procissão das velas Fátima, 13 de maio

Basílica da Santíssima Trindade

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