Pilgrimage to Fatima
In the center of Portugal, stands the town of Fatima. Founded by the Moors, it owes its name to an Arab princess captured and converted to Christianity in the 12th century.
It is a center known throughout the world for the apparitions of the Madonna that occur in 1917: from this year onwards, Fatima was no longer the same, becoming a destination for Marian pilgrimages, still uninterrupted today.
Pilgrimage to Fatima: what to visit in Fatima
The shrine named after Our Lady of Fatima is one of the most popular and loved places by Christians.
The visit includes several stages: the imposing Basilica, begun in 1928 and characterized by a neo-classical style, the Chapel of the Apparitions, the Prayer Fence, the Nossa Senhora do Carmo Retirement Home, the Paul VI Pastoral Center and the Nossa Senhora das Dores Rest Home. For the faithful, the most striking destination during the pilgrimage to Fatima is the Via del Calvario, composed of 15 small chapels, erected from 1964 to 1992, in memory of Jesus’ stops in the Via Crucis.
The last stop coincides with the chapel dedicated to Saint Stephen of Hungary
Pilgrimages to Fatima: the surroundings
Between faith and culture wind the interesting routes around Fatima. The town is about 150 kilometers from Lisbon: even in the Portuguese capital there are Christian devotional sites, such as the Cathedral, the birthplace of St. Anthony, the church dedicated to him, the Jeronimos monastery and the Belem tower.
Near Fatima we recommend visiting Tomar, an elegant town where the Convent of Christ stands and the magnificent Monastery of Batalha, in the homonymous village, listed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1983.