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Fatima Portugal Pilgrimages

  About Fatima's Pilgrimage

Fátima became well known after May 13, 1917, when in Cova da Iria, three local shepherd children: Lúcia Dos Santos and her cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto witnessed the apparition of a lady dressed in white. The lady was later referred to as Our Lady of the Rosary.

Our Lady of the Rosary, indicated that she was sent by God with a message for prayer, repentance and consecrations. She visited the children on the 13th day of each month from May to October. The last apparition occurred on 13 October 1917. During the Spanish flu epidemic Jacinta died in 1919 and Francisco in 1920. They were later beatified by Pope John Paul II, in 13 May 2000.  Lúcia Dos Santos became a nun and died in 2005.

Since 1917 and the Marian Apparitions, Fatima has become an important Sanctuary for Catholic and Spiritual pilgrimages. Over four million pilgrims and visitors arrive each year.  The original chapel was built in 1919 Cova da Iria, now the site of the Shrine and Sanctuary Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, surrounded by a beautiful Colonnade.  

In front of the Basilica you find the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue. To one side of the Sanctuary is the Chapel of the Apparitions, where daily masses take place in different languages.  Every evening you can hear mass followed by a daily procession. Over four million pilgrims and visitors arrive each year to Fatima.

In 2006 Pope John Paul II visited Fatima, and blessed the first stone laid for the construction to build the impressive and modern Basilica of the Holy Trinity within the Sanctuary.

During your stay in one of the many comfortable hotels facing the Sanctuary, you will also tour the hamlet of Aljustrel, where the three shepherds were born, visit their modest homes and the garden where an Angel visited them.

Your visit to Fatima is guaranteed to have an effect in your life!