According to local beliefs, the Virgin appeared to three young shepherds on May 13th 1917, encouraging them to pray for world peace. The apparition would take place again on the 13th of every month, for 5 consecutive months. Since that event, every year at the same time, the site of Fatima attracts a great number of believers from every corner of the world.
Cool stone arched walkways run from one end of the sanctuary to the other© Joseelias / 123RF
Pick up your souvenirs in Fatima© Antonio Nunes / 123RF
The enormous scale of this sanctuary can only be fully appreciated in person© Joseelias / 123RF
The Virgin Mary is supposed to have appeared above an olive tree in Fatima in 1917© Joseelias / 123RF