SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY OF FATIMA
The Sanctuary of Fatima, located in Cova da Iria, is one of the most important Marian sanctuaries in the world. In 1917, Lucia de Jesus, Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto (known as "The Three Shepherds"), said to have witnessed several apparitions of the Virgin Mary. In these apparitions, the Virgin asked that a chapel be built in that place, which is now the central part of the Sanctuary where an image of Our Lady is kept. Over time the Sanctuary expanded and today there are already two basilicas, which increased the number of pilgrims that can be received on the open grounds.
CAVES OF MIRA DE AIRE
In the heart of Portugal, 15 km from Fatima are the Caves of Mira de Aire, discovered in 1947. Until 1974 they were closed to the public. A company was set up which started digging tunnels during these years until they were opened to the public on August 11, 1974. Fountains and lights complement their natural beauty. The Caves of Mira de Aire are the biggest in Portugal, with an extension of 10,000 m2. During the visit there is a 110 meter descent with approximately 3000 bulbs lighting up the tunnels and 2 lifts for 33 people. Outside there is a water park and various natural spaces where you can be in contact with the fauna and flora.
In the foothills of the Serra d'Aire, on the edge of the National Park, you can find a unique place surrounded by nature, the Funpark. This world of adventure offers an exciting range of activities that combines the thrill of speed through go-karts with many more outdoor activities like rock climbing, slide, rappel, and paintball. There is a children's park with inflatables to occupy the little ones, a 10 meter wide track with a 1,180 meter long circumference, surrounded by more than 5.000m2 of infrastructure support including: 2 restaurants, bars, a covered balcony overlooking the track with capacity for 500 people, an infirmary, paddocks, meeting rooms and fully equipped workshops.
Museu de Cera (Wax Museum)
Located walking distance from the Sanctuary of Fatima, pilgrims can also visit the Wax Museum, one of the most important religious museums in Portugal. According to the museum's slogan: "Appreciating the 31 scenes of this museum is the perfect way to discover why 6 million people pilgrimage to Fatima every year". Such scenes reveal the history of the Fatima's mediums and the most important historical events related to these events. Two of the greatest relevance moments that are exhibited in the museum consist of visits of popes: Paul VI (1967) and < strong>John Paul II (in 1982 and 1991). The beatification of the little shepherds which took place on May, 13 2000 is also shown on the museum.