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Santuário de Fátima

The Sanctuary of Fátima, located approximately 140 km North of Lisbon, is the most important shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Portugal. Every year, the Sanctuary attracts millions of pilgrims and tourists from all over the world.

Many good and not so good things have been said about the Sanctuary of Fátima but, in spite of my own ideas, it is not the purpose of this posting to discuss them here.

For all those interested in this matter, a very interesting summary can be found here.

The main posting is a view of the old basilica taken from the huge cross near the new church, which was open in October 13th, 2007 and can be seen here, thanks to José Pires (stego). The day I visited the sanctuary the weather conditions were simply terrible with quite heavy rain at times but it did not stop me of checking the place where the Catholic Church spent a mere sum of 70 million Euros just to build a church!

The WS is a view of the only thing I really like in the new church, which is the huge mosaic behind the altar.

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