By joining this tour, you will have the opportunity to visit one of the largest sanctuaries in the world, with more than 6 million visitors each year. The highest concentration of pilgrimage occurs between 13 May and 13 October. Have the opportunity to participate in Holy Mass.
Following a pick-up from your hotel in Lisbon we head northeast to the Fatima Sanctuary. There we twelve into the amazing devotional ambiance making this place so powerful. Find out what happened in 2017 that turned this town into the one of the most famous Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world. Listen to the story about the Marian apparitions that were witnessed by three shepherd children at the Cova da Iria in 1917. During this Private Tour we visit the Main Square with the double size of St Peter’s Square in Vatican. Together we discover the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary and new church, built in the 20th Century that is the 4th biggest in the world. After a short excursion we have also free time to take part in the Holy Mass in the Chapel of Apparitions. It is the exact spot where the three shepherd children reported they saw visions of the Virgin Mary. Then we spend some time at the famous Factory of Fatima where you can buy some rosaries and other religious articles, and we take a free time for lunch. The second part of our tour it is done by walking by ”Via Sacra”. The Sacred Way was built by Hungarian refugees and culminates in the Chapel of Calvary, which overlooks all of Fatima. We follow the path which the little shepherds took when going from Aljustrel to Cova da Iria. After we continue to Valinhos, the place of Our Lady’s 4th apparition. Before we return to Lisbon our last stop is where little shepherds lived in Aljustrel. Their houses do not have any notable transformation since the year of Apparitions.
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Visit one of the most impressive Catholic sanctuaries in the world. In this place flock by year, 4 to 5 million of pilgrims from around the world, mostly pilgrims who moved by faith, there moving, on 13 May and 13 October or rest of the year promises to pay and ask the protection of the Virgin. In Fatima the 3 little shepherd children – Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta – claimed to have seen the Virgin Mary, for the first time May 13, 1917. Understanding Fatima is visit a Sanctuary full of peace and serenity. The Chapel of the Apparitions, where worship began, continues to have a very attractive who moves there. The pedestal with the image of Our Lady marks the exact spot of the small holm oak (missing due to the devotion of the first pilgrims who led branch to branch) mentioned in reports of apparitions to the children the 13th day of May, June, July, September and October 1917.
The statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus appears in the middle of the Plaza Pio XII, the largest venue for outdoor prayer. It´s gilt bronze and stands on a spring water well surrounded by a fountain to which pilgrims come and drink (and return home with a bit). The image was donated by an anonymous grateful pilgrim and blessed on May 13, 1932 by the then Apostolic Nuncio, Monsignor Beda Cardinale. The location is now central to the message of the Virgin to the little shepherds in the Cova da Iria. You can see this in the plaza in addition to the Chapel of Apparitions and Church of the Holy Trinity.
The chapel of the Apparitions is the "heart" of the Shrine of Fatima. It was in the place of the Chapel that our Lady talked to the little shepherds. Out of the six apparitions of the Virgin Mary, five of them happened in this place – May, June, July, September and October – where, by the Lady’s indication, a chapel in her honour was to be constructed. Built between April 28 and June 15, 1919, it was later blessed, having Mass been celebrated there for the first time on October 13, 1921. Dynamited in the morning of March 6, 1922, it was restored and reopened on January 13, 1923.
Fatima now attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over the world, particularly on the pilgrimage days in May and October. Moreover, the large torch-light processions in the evening are particularly impressive, often led by Cardinals and Bishops. The pilgrims gather in Cova de Iria, an enormous plaza where a little chapel was built and where the Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared.
Consecrated on October 12, 2007, on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the apparitions of Fátima, this is now Portugal’s biggest church and possibly the fourth largest Catholic church in the world. The first thing that strikes you about the Church of the Most Holy Trinity is its modern look and this immediately draws different reactions from visitors. Traditionalists and people who prefer the rich, ornate architectural styles may have problem liking this modern design.
Visit the village and the home of the three young shepherds, here you`ll find a faithful reconstruction of scenes from other times using old objects such as family photographs, clothes, kitchen utensils, furniture, among others. A unique tour through the faith and history of one of the most famous places in Portugal.