Tourism Information of Ourém
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City of Peace
Located 130 km from Lisbon, Fátima also titled "City of Peace", is the most important Marian sanctuary in Portugal.
Between 1916 and 1917, in a climate of war and turbulence of the early twentieth century and the First World War, three children who were with their flocks in Cova da Iria experienced manifestations of the Mother of God and the Angel. On the 13th day between May and October 1917, the apparitions of Our Lady occurred. There her great message of peace was transmitted to the world by the three children through faith and devotion to Our Lady and the prayer of the Rosary. Several thousand people saw the amazing miracle of the Sun during the last apparition of the Virgin on October 13th 1917.
Exactly at this sacred place, the Chapel of the Apparitons has been erected, housing the image of Our Lady of Fatima. On the huge square around it are the Basilica with the tombs of the three seers and the new Church of the Holy Trinity.
Several popes visited Fatima throughout the 20th and 21st century. In 2017, one hundred years after the first apparition, Pope Francis canonized Jacinta and Francisco, two of the seers of Fatima.
Besides the Sanctuary, there is the village of Aljustrel, birthplace of the three seers. The houses where the children lived are still maintained and open for a visit. Between Aljustrel and Fátima, "Loca do Anjo" can be visited, which is the spot where the angel appeared to the children preparing them for the apparition of Our Lady. Also the Via Sacra and Calvário Hungaro are worth a visit. Both routes connect Aljustrel and Fátima and are ideal for a short pilgrimage on foot. The city of Fátima has many hotels, restaurants, shops and museums that have long known how to welcome and serve the pilgrims. In the county seat in Ourém, you can also follow the parade of the seers in the Administrator's House, where they have been shelterd and interrogated in August of 1917. In the cementery of Ourém pilgrims can visit the tomb where Jacintas had been burried before being transferred to Fatima.
Within hundred years, Fatima has developed as one of the greatest pilgrimage centers in the world today.