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Fatima, an emblematic icon of Portugal

Fatima, an emblematic icon of Portugal

May 11, 2017

Discover the holy land of Fatima and join the 100.º Anniversary of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary!

Fatima is not only a place of worship as it is a beautiful welcoming place, perfect for contemplation and meditation. The sanctuary hosts pilgrims from the various continents of the world who gather in worship every day in this sacred place.

One of the most important centers of Christian pilgrimage in the world, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, marks the place where three young pastors, Fatima, Lucia and Francisco witnessed apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1917.

The three little shepherds that witnessed the Apparitions, in 1917

Until today, Fatima has been held as a sacred place of prayer. Thousands of people visit this place in search of repentance, practice of prayer and penance. Moreover, on every anniversary of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary thousands of pilgrims from all corners of Portugal arrive at the sanctuary after walking from their homes for days on end.

The aura of this sanctuary is strongly connected to the 3 great secrets Sister Lúcia claimed Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima trusted the three little shepherds during her many apparitions. The first secret was a detailed description of Hell and the second secret a prophecy that the First World War would end but would be followed by a Second World War. The third secret is believed to have been a prediction of the failed assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II, which took place on 13 May 1981.

Fatima is considered the center of the Catholic faith and one of the most important Shrines in Europe!

Marking the 100 years of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary, Fatima awaits in May of this year, 2017, the visit of Pope Francis.

And as you can’t miss the opportunity to be part of these incredible festivities, we will lead you to this blessed land. We will pick you up at 7:15 am, in Lisbon. Then, we will go to the holy Fatima, in a modern and comfortable bus. During this route, we will be escorted by our Tour Assistant.

In Fatima, considered the center of the Catholic faith, you can visit the Basilica, where the tombs of the famous three little shepherds, Lúcia, Jacinta and Francisco rest, as well as the Chapel of the Apparitions. Here we will also have time to attend the Mass, celebrated by the Pope. On 12th of May, you will also have the chance to be part of the famous Candlelight Procession.

The famous Candlelight Procession is one of the most important moments in Fatima

We would like to allow all believers - those who desire a more private moment of worship and also those who are willing to participate in prayer in groups – to be led to the sacred sanctuary of Fatima. Book now our Special Group Tour to Fatima (12th day or 13th day) and join the celebrations.