Fatima Sanctuary is considered one of the most important Catholic places in the world, where Virgin Mary appeared to the shepherds.
It hosts the 4th biggest Catholic church in the world, with capacity for about 10.000 people inside and estimated cost of 80 million euros.
A magnificent building, with 125m diameter and no column to support it. The Greek architect used the slope of the land and the new church shaped amphitheater has no step inside.
The church Holy Trinity in Fatima, was honored with the award “Outstanding Structure”, awarded by the International Association of Bridges and Structures (IABSE). This award is considered the “Nobel” of Civil Engineering.
More than 5 million pilgrims visit the Sanctuary every year, coming from all parts of the World, to visit this pilgrimage sacred place that has the double area than San Peter Square, in Vatican.
The most important dates are the 13th May and the 13th October, where hundreds of thousand pilgrims visit the Sanctuary for celebrating the Virgin Mary apparitions.
The Pope has visited Fatima for five times:
1967 – Pope Paul VI
1982 – Pope John Paul II (First time)
1991 – Pope John Paul II (Second time)
2000 – Pope John Paul II (Third time)
2010 – Pope Benedict XVI