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Review of Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima

Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima
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Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Fatima
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This national shrine is the site where three young peasant shepherds spied a "lady brighter than the sun," which was, many believe, the first of six apparitions of the Virgin Mary in this region of Portugal.
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“Awe-inspiring”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

Words cannot express the beauty of this Basilica! Just to be standing near the site of the apparitions is awe-inspiring...if you are thinking of going...sign up and go. Make sure you attend the night procession in front of the Basilica.

Visited October 2012
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“Our Visit to Fatima”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

My husband and I traveled from Lisbon to Fatima by bus and it was a reasonably priced trip and simple, considering we did not speak the language of the country.

Our Lady of Fatima Basilica was beautiful and overwhelmingly peaceful. There are different building to see there, as well as everything that is outside. It would have been nice if they had small pamphlets to explain what all of the building were for those who seemed confused. For example is there was something explaining the sacredness of a church and that group pictures should not be take on the altar, but that could just be my opinion because I am Catholic and experienced this more as a religious site rather than a tourist attraction.

Either way, I enjoyed the trip, the shops and establishments surrounding the shrine area, and was again pleasantly suprised how easy it was to make the trip. If you are in the area....I would say this is a MUST SEE!

Visited October 2012
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“Devotional Shrine on a prodigious scale”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

This is a pilgrim destination on a par with Lourdes in France. There is a curved limestone gallery around a vast esplanade in front of the basilica. The esplanade is twice the size of St Peter's square in Rome. The Basilica houses the tombs of the three shepherd children who first saw the shining figure of the Virgin. There is intense emotion and faith here and many penitents approach the main shrine on their knees.

Visited October 2012
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“Practicing Catholic-Awesome for you!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

Beautiful grounds! The gigantic basilica is nice outside. There are plenty of amazing churches in Portugal. The inside of the the Fatima Basilica was not as impressive as we had imagined when we pulled up to park. The crown around the cross at the top of the basilica was interesting. Really neat for someone who is a catholic. We had a friend in town from Rhode Island. She was told by someone at work to visit the site. So we made the hour 1/2 drive to view the church. If you're are catholic I suggest the treck, if you're not, find a church in Lisbon that has more detail, there are plenty!

Visited October 2012
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“VERY SPECIAL PLACE!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

As a practicing Catholic I completely fell in LOVE with Our Lady of Fatima Basilica!! It's a very special place that radiates peace, love and all things wonderful!!

When we arrived Mass was just getting started and it was a very special experience for us!! We decided to stay for the Mass (It was 2 hours long) and I am so happy that we did!!

The Mass was held outside and it was in Portuguese. The choir sang beautifully, it was such a treat!! It can get quite hot in the summer time so you may want to bring an umbrella for shade or make sure to get a spot under one of the overhangs. Once Mass was over we were allowed into the Basilica. The 3 children who had the Virgin Mary visions are all buried inside the Basilica. It's a very special place and I am so happy we made the trip from Lisbon to see it!!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!!

Visited September 2012
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