Sunday, April 13, 2014

Fátima Sanctuary - Portugal

The beautiful picture of this card was taken by Dúlio, the sender of the card. Its a wonderful shot and it really deserves to be a postcard. 

The Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary was built to satisfy the express request of Our Lady: “I want you to build Me here a chapel in My honor, because I am the Lady of the Rosary…” (October 13, 1917). It was built on the site where, on May 13, 1917, the three Little Shepherds were playing (...).

The blue print for the project was conceived by Dutch Architect Gerardus Samuel van Krieken and finished by Architect João Antunes.
On May 13, 1928, the first stone was blessed by Archbishop of Évora, Most Rev. Manuel Mendes da Conceição Santos. The dedication was celebrated on October 7, 1953. 
The title of Basilica was granted by Pius XII, through the Brief “Luce Superna” of November 11, 1954.
The building, 70.5 meters long and 37 meters wide, was constructed only of local stone (...). It has capacity to accommodate about 650 people seated. The bell tower, erected at the center of the façade, is 65 meters high and topped with a 7.000kg bronze crown. - in:

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