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Portugal, Fátima – A Journey for Miracle

Published: 13.2.2021
Fatima is undoubtedly one of the most famous Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world, but it does not mean anything to most Czechs. The Virgin Mary appeared to three children here, and so millions of people come here every year to ask for a miracle.

Legend has it that Fátima (Arabic Fāţimah, فاطمة) was called the Moorish princess, in which the knight Gonçalo Hermingues fell in love. She returned his love and became a Christian.

Thanks to the apparition of the Virgin Mary, this town gradually grew (today it has about 12,000 inhabitants) until it became part of the Ourém region.

Fátima

For Christians, this place is a spiritual path, for non-believers, the visit is also interesting. But don't expect big sights or glimpses of avant-garde architecture. After all, a hundred years ago there were only pastures. However, you can visit the homes of the children to whom the Virgin Mary communicated her prophecy. And just watching the incoming pilgrims is an experience. They all have one destination, the basilica, to which a marble walkway leads. Believers kneel on it and pray quietly. Most people come here in May and October. Several services are held daily in the chapel and basilica, most of them in Portuguese and English.

fátimské děti

mramorový chodník, po kterém se věřící sunou vkleče   hlavní oltář baziliky

It is a miraculous place, but one day is enough to visit. You can take a trip from Lisbon, which is less than 130 km away. Within 30 km is the monastery of Jesus Christ in Tomar, almost a thousand years old and inscribed on the UNESCO list. But don't miss other charming places in this western part of the Iberian Peninsula. We also recommend Porto, Coimbra, beaches in the Algarve region or in the city of Nazare, which is also known for its wines.

Coimbra   Lisabon

Portugal is a country of many faces and this is one of them. And what about you? Do you believe in miracles?

GPS: 39°37'53.4"N 8°40'20.0"W

 

Text: Daniel Fernández Cantalapiedra

Photos: Daniel Fernández Cantalapiedra, unsplash.com, Wikimedia Commons: dynamosquito, Concierge.2C, Jacek Halicki, Matouš Vinš



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