After a few days in Lisbon, we drove North to Porto making a stop in Fátima on the way.
I had not realized how relatively recent the “visions” had been and the subsequent construction of the Basilica, Chapel, and Church.
Right away it was clear how much of a tourist attraction Fátima is.
A statue of the Virgin Mary in the Chapel of Apparitions (1919). The statue marks the site where the visions are said to have occurred.
A worshipper walks on her knees to the Our Lady of Fátima shrine with Robert Schad’s High Cross in the background.
Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima (1928)Church of the Santíssima Trindade (2007) – the eight largest Christian church in the world.View of the Basilica from the Church. And in case there hadn’t been enough worship in the sanctuary, there were blocks and blocks of “holy’ tourist crap to take home with you.