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Church of the Santíssima Trindade (Fátima), Portugal

The Church of the Santíssima Trindade (English: Church of the Holy Trinity), officially the minor Basilica of the Holy Trinity (Portuguese: da Santíssima Trindade, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica in the Shrine of Our Lady of Fátima (Sanctuary of Fátima) in the civil parish) of Fátima, in the municipality of Ourém inPortugal.

The church is situated on the axis of two great roads in Fátima: north-south, a courtyard and extension to the south with the Pastoral Centre until Avenida João XXIII and east-west, Avenida D. José A.C.Silva. The church is located in the southeast corner of the sanctuary of Fátima.

The plan of the building is marked by a gentle slope, permitting a good visibility of the altar from every angle. The interior is divided into two sectors, accomplished by a 2 metres (6.6 ft) partition: the first section has seating for 3175 people (in addition to 58 spaces for handicapped); the second has 5458 spaces (with 18 for handicapped). Meanwhile, the presbytery has a capacity for 100 celebrants. The structure include several chapels: the Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Portuguese: Capela do Sagrado Coração de Jesus), with 16 confessionaries; the Chapel of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Portuguese: Capela do Imaculado Coração de Maria), with 12 confessionaries; the Chapel of the Resurrection of Jesus (Portuguese: Capela da Ressurreição de Jesus), with space for 200 and 16 confessionaries; Chapel of the Death of Jesus (Portuguese: Capela da Morte de Jesus), with space for 600; and the Chapel of the Holy Sacrament (Portuguese: Capela do Santíssimo Sacramento), dedicated for Lausperene, a maximum of 200 continuous prayer venerates.

The simple modernist design is both functional and iconographic to develop a perception that is intuitive about its religiosity. This is represented artistically from the main portico, the Door of Christ which brings attention to the transcendency of God and, effectively, it represents the themes of Father, Son and Holy Spirit with iconic imagery. Upon entering the assembly area is the presbytery at the end of the church, with the large crucifix and a large panel in mosaic representing a scene from the Apocalypse. Most of the interior decoration, including stations of the cross were selected to provide a representation of internal journey of self-sacrifice. This also includes a reference to the message of the Marian apparitions: penitence

Official Websitehttp://www.santuario-fatima.pt/

Address:

  • Shrine of Our Lay of the Rosary of Fátima
    Apartado 31 – 2496-908 Fátima
    Tel: (+351) 249 – 539 600
    Fax: (+351) 249 – 539 605
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