A beautiful town situated in the North of Lisbon is one of the world’s most significant shrines. It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and has become the famous pilgrimage spot. There are many historical museums in addition to high rise hotels and souvenir shops to attract visitors. There are endless devotees visiting Fatima and you don’t necessarily need to be a Catholic to visit this beautiful place. In addition to interesting spots, there are local restaurants that serve traditional recipes which is a must try.
Sanctuary of Fatima
The Sanctuary invites tourists and pilgrims from every nook and corner of the world, especially between May and October. There are beautiful torchlight processions that take place after sunset, which is definitely worth a sight. It is led by Bishops and Cardinals. The pilgrims assemble in Cova de Iria which is a massive plaza and that’s where the chapel was set up. There are numerous stalls and shops around the plaza for shoppers keen to purchase religious articles.
Basílica De Nossa Senhora Do Rosário
A beautiful church which has Neo-Baroque architecture and is the place where young shepherds saw the glow of Mary and thought it was a thunderstorm. When you visit this church, you will find the tombs on both sides of the transept of Jacinta Marto and Francisco Marto who were siblings.
Capela Das Aparições
This was the first spot of worship in Fatima, which was set up post the sightings. It is a simple chapel, which was established in 1919 and built mainly to fulfill the request Mary had given to the shepherds. It is now a massive building and offers benches for visitors and devotees. The Holm Oak tree is the precise location where Mary said to have appeared can be seen here as the statue of Our Lady is placed in front of the chapel.