Just before rwaching the hapel of the apparitions, in the corner, there's a sort of shrine where people bring wax objects as ex-votos, to be burned. One common votive gift, beside was candles, are casts of the afflicted body part (especially hands and legs): by burning them, pilgrims request healing for that part of the body
the Esplanade is supposed tobe monumental: it's vast, wide, it's surrounded by a beautiful colonnade, there's an imposing flight of steps, there are Stations of the Cross in polychrome ceramic designs but... well, once its devoid of people it looks like a huge parking lot (I really thought it was one, at first). When full of pilgrims it should be a great sight - empty on a rainy day it looks very sad.
Fátima tornou-se mundialmente conhecida pelas aparições marianas aos três pastorinhos (Lúcia, Francisco Marto e Jacinta Marto) que aí tiveram lugar entre 13 de Maio e 13 de Outubro de 1917, no lugar da Cova da Iria. A construção do Santuário de Fátima trouxe desenvolvimento ao local, logrando ser elevada a cidade em 12 de Julho de 1997.
Local que inspira uma calma fantástica... :)
Pois...O papá a tirar fotografias é o que dá...Era para captar o movimento... :)
Fatima is mainly known for the Virgin Mary 1917 apparitions.
Here are the main dates related with the city pos-apparitions:
28-04-1919 - Beginning of the construction of the Chapel of Apparitions.
13-10-1921 - Permission for the celebration of Mass for the first time.
03-05-1922 - Provision of the Bishop of Leiria to initiate the Canonical Process regarding the Fatima events
26-06-1927 - The Bishop of Leiria presides. for the first time at an official ceremony in the Cova da Iria, after the blessing of the Stations of the Cross, from Reguengo do Fetal (11 Kms.)
13-10-1930 - By the Official 1 ester "Divine Providence''. the Bishop of Leiria declares the Apparitions worthy of belief and authorizes the cultus of Our Lady of Fatima.
31-05-1931 - First Consecration of Portugal to the Immaculate Heart of Mary made by the Portuguese Episcopate fulfillment of the Message of Fatima.
31-10-1942 - Pius XII, speaking in Portuguese by radio consecrates the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary with a special mention of Russia according to Our Lady's request.
13-05-1946 - Crowning of the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima in the Chapel of Apparitions (the crown was presented by the women of Portugal, in thanksgiving for Portugal being kept free from the 11 World War), by Cardinal Masella. Pontifical Legate.
13-10-1951 - Closing of the Holy Year (Universal) in Fatima, by Cardinal Tedeschini, Pontifical Legate, who revealed that Pius XII had witnessed, in the Vatican in 1950, the solar prodigy of 13 October 1917.
13-05-1956 - Cardinal Roncalli, Patriarch of Venice, the future Pope John XXIII, presides at the ceremonies of the anniversary pilgrimage.
21-11-1964 - At the conclusion of the 3rd session of the Ecumenical Council, Pope Paul Vl announces before the 2,500 Councilor Fathers, the giving of the Golden Rose to the Sanctuary of Fatima, which was presented on 13-5-1965 by Cardinal Cento, Pontifical Legate.
13-05-1967 - The Holy Father Paul Vl came to Fatima, for the 50th anniversary of Our Lady's 1st Apparition, to pray for peace in the world and unity in the Church.
10-07- 1977 - The pilgrimage to Fatima of Cardinal Luciani, Patriarch of Venice, future Pope John Paul I.
12/13-05-82 - The Holy Father John Paul 11 came on pilgrimage to Fatima in thanksgiving for having escaped with his life, one year before, in St. Peter's Square and, on his knees, consecrated the Church, all peoples and nations, with a veiled mention of Russia, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
25-03-1984 - In St. Peter's Square in Rome, before the Statue from the Chapel of Apparitions, John Paul 11 made once more the Consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in union with all the Bishops of the world.
13/13-05-91 - The Holy Father came a second time to Fatima, as a pilgrim, on the 10th anniversary of the attempt on his life.
The village of Fatima presently has a population of about 8.000, with various secondary schools. The numerous hotels offer a total bed capacity of about 10.000, which includes various religious houses open to pilgrims and retreatants. There are about 15 different Congregations of male religious with various seminaries and novitiates, while Congregations of Sisters number about 50.