Chapel of the Apparitions
The Chapel of the Apparitions (Portuguese: Capelinha das Aparições) is a small chapel located in Cova da Iria that was constructed in the 1920s to mark the exact location where three little shepherd children reported having received the famous apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal.
The chapel was built in response to the demand of Our Lady of the Rosary (after named as Our Lady of Fátima) to the three little shepherds (Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta): "I want you to make a chapel here in my honour". The chapel was built on the exact spot of the apparitions in Fátima in 1917 as half-remembered by Lúcia. From 28 April to 15 June 1919, the task of constructing the chapel was performed by a mason by the name of Joaquim Barbeiro from the village of Santa Catarina da Serra. On 13 October 1921, the celebration of the Mass was officially allowed by the local Bishop for the first time next to the Chapel.
In 1919, the construction of the little chapel started with the authorization of Lucia's mother and the loudly publicized discreet acquiescence of the parish priest of Fátima, who could not commit himself until the Bishop made a canonical law abiding pronouncement on the matter which soon came.
On 6 March 1922, anticlerical adversaries of the Catholic Church put a powerful bomb inside the unbuilt Fátima chapel at Cova da Iria which blew up the hole in the ground thereby enlarging it. In December 1922, reconstruction of the chapel was restarted. On 23 October 1922, as reported by the daily newspaper Diário de Notícias, a group of people from the county seat of Ourém went to Cova da Iria and were supposed to have tried to cut down the tree of the apparitions. When Sister Lúcia heard about it she ran to the location and, much to her joy, she saw they had cut down the wrong tree, one which was close to the holm-oak which stood alone in the center of a clearing on which Our Lady had shown herself.
Virgin Mary's image in the Chapel of the Apparitions.
- Chapel of the Apparitions in Shrine of Fátima official website.
- "Religion moves 330 million tourists a year and six million go to Fátima", Diário de Notícias, February 19, 2017.
- "Fátima expects to receive 8 million visitors in 2017", in Sapo20, December 15, 2016.
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