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Cova da Iria

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11 travelers at this place:

  • Day6

    Faith and miracles

    October 21 in Portugal

    After much planning, today I am off to Coimbra, but decided I could not miss Fátima on the way, as it is only a 30km detour, so got an early bus and am here now. Extraordinary place, horrible and awesome at the same time. A church (or cathedral) built with semicircular arms (rather like St Peters square) reasonably unexceptional, in front of which is the shrine itself - basically a statute under an awning. People approach it doing the last 100 metres on their knees. Beside it is a stand on which there are so many lit candles that all the wax melts and it’s like a fire pit. Then a vast new monolithic concrete building - the new church. Horrible! Looks like a prison - no windows visible, nothing decorating it - just a huge circular pile of concrete.

    The town is crammed with shops selling every kind of Catholic symbolic item imaginable.

    Never experienced anything like it. Faith or superstition - your choice. But whichever, it’s seen here on steroids.

    Now waiting for bus to Coimbra. After planning and looking at the possible stages, my time constraints and my physical ability, decided there is no point in trying to walk from further south than Coimbra. As that means some buses I may as well see a few things on the way!
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  • Day69

    Fátima

    July 16 in Portugal

    Heute geht es für uns weiter nach Fátima, einen großen Wahlfahrtsort. 1917 soll hier drei Hirtenkindern die Mutter Gottes erschienen sein. Am besten hat uns die "Basilika zur heiligsten Dreifaltigkeit" gefallen. Die Stühle sehen ein wenig aus wie in einem großen Versammlungsraum.
    An einer Feuerstelle konnte man Kerzen anzünden. Außerdem kann man sich Körperteile aus Wachs, wie zum Beispiel einen Fuß oder Herz kaufen, und diese im Feuer schmelzen lassen. Ein Fuß kann man schmelzen, wenn man Probleme mit dem Fuß hat oder zum Beispiel ein Herz bei Herzkrankheiten. Außerdem gibt es noch die Erscheinungskapelle und eine weitere Basilika.
    Interessant hier Pilgerer aus der ganzen Welt zu sehen.
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  • Day141

    Caio Portugal, Ola Espania

    January 22, 2017 in Portugal

    I spent the day touring Fatima again and ran into Joni from Arizona at the bus station. Told her to walk the garden if the way of the cross. I ran into her later at the exit and she was so happy I had recommended, said it was quite spiritual. I purchased my ticket for the bus to Seville, Spain. I leave here at 7:15 pm and get into Spain at 6am(€57). Not sure how well I am going to sleep on the bus but I'll save on accomodations for one night. It was cool here today and I will be heading to 18 degrees. Portugal has bee a real pleasure to visit.Read more

  • Day105

    Fátima

    December 28, 2017 in Portugal

    Mit dem Auto gehts in den Wallfahrtsort Fátima. Lediglich das Wetter spielt heute nicht ganz mit.

    Auf dem Weg zurück nach Lissabon wollen wir eigentlich noch einen Stopp in Sintra einlegen, den wir aber auf Grund des Verkehrschaos und der Parkplatzsituation leider auf den nächsten Tag verschieben müssen. Wir machen uns stattdessen auf den Rückweg nach Lissabon und erkunden vom Auto aus noch die Avenida da Liberdade, die Prachtstraße der Stadt.Read more

  • Day9

    P2D6 Fátima /54y

    August 6 in Portugal

    I woke up quite late and stayed in the hotel until 10. Then I went to the bus station and bought a ticket to Fátima (4e). Than I waited in a cafe - had some coffee, orange juice, lemonade, ice cream, coke an a cake.
    The bus went through every village on the way - so the 30km took 1h. Than it continued to Nazaré. If I knew it before, I would maybe go there and spend a day on the beach. But I had allready booked a room in Coimbra for tomorrow (18e). I will either take a bus there or walk for 20km and go by train.
    My room in the Imperhotel was pure luxury, definitely the best yet. And this time I managed to get one outside the tourist areas, so it should be quieter this night.
    There were lot of tourists in the town.
    For a dinner I went to 'Pregaria da Iria' next to my hotel, which was also recommend by TripAdvisor.
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