Fatima: 38 km from Quinta da Cotovia
Fátima is one of the most well-known locations of the world for Maria worship and an important tourist center. Pilgrims come here from all over the world, mainly on the 12th and 13th day of the months of May to October.
The history of Fatima tells of the three Shepherd children, Francisco and Jacinta Lúcia, which between May and October of 1917 witnesses were of different appearances of the Virgin Mary, Nossa Senhora do Rosário.
The Church reacted initially reluctant, but the phenomenon was cherished by the population. Only in 1930 the appearances were recognized by the Bishop of Leiria.
The Vatican has recognized the miracle of healing, attributed to two of the little shepherds, Jacinta and Francisco, which led to the beatification of both on 13 May 2000. The worldwide fame of Fatima is mainly increased during the papacy of John Paul II, who openly was vereerder of our Lady of Fátima.
In addition to the sanctuary, you can also visit the mother church of Fátima, the chapels of the Via Sacra and the stations of the cross. You can also experience the story of the three shepherds during a visit to Loca do Anjo, Valinhos, the houses and the well of the little shepherds. Particular are also the museum of sacred art (Museu de Arte Sacra) and the museum of Ethnology (Museu de Etnologia) in Fatima, the wax museum (Museu de Cera), the museum Casa-Museu de Aljustrel, the Museu Fatima 1917-Aparições (over the appearances) and the O Presépio (Nativity scene) and Aldeia de Belém Animados.
Even if you're not religious, will not leave you unmoved Fátima.