Fátima Sanctuary

Do not forget to visit the Fátima Sanctuary and the Basilica of our Lady of Rosario, the Capela das Aparições, and the Santíssima Trindade Church in your journey through Fátima, Portugal.

Fátima Sanctuary
Fátima Sanctuary
© Celestino Manuel

Fátima Sanctuary is formed by a big esplanade surrounded by the Basilica of our Lady of Rosario, the Capela das Aparições and the Santíssima Trindade Church.


Igreja da Santissima Trindade Church
Igreja da Santissima Trindade Church
© Celestino Manuel

Basilica of our Lady of Rosario:

The Basilica of our Lady of Rosario is erected in one of the sides of the great esplanade of one kilometre long, in the centre of the city of Fátima, Portugal.

This temple, Neoclassical in style, was built in the year 1953 with colossal proportions, since its floor is 69 x 30 m, and has a central tower that raises 65 m in height.
The esplanade was built in 1949 by architect Cottinelli Telmo; while the column that it exhibits, and that reminds to Saint Pedro (Rome), is a third master’s work, António Lino, who built it in 1951.

Inside, there are 15 altars, of which the ones in which the remains of two of the children who witness the appearances rest (Francisco, who died in 1919 at the age of 11; and Jacinta, who passed away in 1920 at the age of 10) stand out among the others. Lucia, the third child, died in a convent in Coímbra in 2005 in which she was a nun since 1928.

In the entrance of the basilica, south to the rectory, there is a piece of the Wall of Berlin, donated by a portuguese man resident in Germany, and a tribute to the role of God in the fall of communism that, according to some people, was predicted in Fátima.

Capela das Aparições:

The Capela das Aparições indicates the place where the Virgin appeared. Here it is usual to see the pilgrims that, under a promise of penance, cross the big esplanade on their knees following a marble walkway. Near the shrine there is a burning bonfire and an area where people can light candles. Here people leave offerings and gifts which are picked up at the end of the day to donated to charity.

In the Basilica, eight masses are celebrated everyday, and seven in the capela das aparições.

Santíssima Trindade Church:

The Church or Basilica da Santíssima Trindade, opened in 2007, raises in the Western edge of the great esplanade of Fátima, just opposite to the Basilica of our Lady of Rosario. Inside, a central aisle decorated with golden angels leads to an engraved church window with biblical verses in various languages. Twelve bronze doors of about 9 metres take up the monumental marble structure, each one with a biblical quote dedicated to one of the disciples of Jesus.

Inside, it houses a Catherine Green retable, which represents Jesus on the cross, on a beautiful golden and terracotta mosaic of the artist Marko Ivan Rupnik.

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