The Apparitions of Fátima have turned the town into one of the world’s major centres of the Marian cult.
The largest gatherings of devotees occur on 13th May (especially the Candlelight Procession on the night of 12th May and the “Adeus” (Farewell) Procession on 13th May, which closes the celebrations) and on 13th October.
The home to one of the world’s most famous Shrines dedicated to the Virgin Mary, located north of Lisbon, in central Portugal, the shrine, is site of the events of 1917 in which three shepherd children, Lúcia and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco. They witnessed apparitions of the Virgin Mary on 13 May 1917 and on the 13th day of the five following months. The sanctuary built to commemorate these events is dominated by the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, a magnificent church that overlooks a large open plaza where millions of pilgrims gather throughout the year.
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