Commemorative Temporary Exhibition 
of the Centennial of the construction of the Chapel of the Apparitions

from the 1st of December 2018 to 15th of October 2019

Saint Augustine Hall | Basilica of Most Holy Trinity

every day from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm | Free entry

On how a little white chapel
can become the centre of attention
of a large part of humanity:
from the historical path to the symbolic path of a spiritual building.

Composed of nine areas, the exhibition is based on a thoroughly historical research that seeks to read the Little Chapel of the Apparitions as one of the most important icons of the Shrine of Fatima.
Because it was built from a desire that the Little Shepherds of Fatima assure to be delivered by the Virgin Mary, this small temple, of vernacular outline, is considered the heart of the Shrine of Fatima and it is around that take place the most intimate expression of faith of the pilgrims of Cova da Iria.

Themes such as the physical construction of the chapel, the characters linked, the blasting in 1922 and the symbolic associated, will be mentioned through the language of museology, using artworks of historical and artistic value not only from the assets of the Museum of the Shrine of Fatima but also from other museological institutions, such as museums, libraries and palaces of the Portuguese State and from museums and archives of the Catholic Church. Different ecclesial organisms (parishes, religious congregations, fraternities and dioceses of the country and of Spain) have likewise lent artworks to the exhibition, which will provide an experience that it intended to be a time of training and aesthetical delight.



Curatorship and museology: Marco Daniel Duarte
Architecture: Maria Joana Delgado 
Design: Inês do Carmo


Guided tours
From December 3rd, 2016 to December 30th, 2017: every Saturday, from 11:30 to 12:15 am and from 3:30 to 4:15 pm

Thematic visits
May 2nd, June 6th, July 4th, August 1st, September 5th and October 3rd, 2018, from 09:15 to 10:00 pm

Virtual tour


The color of the Sun: the light of Fatima in the contemporary world

Evocative temporary exhibition of the Apparition of October 1917

From November 26, 2016 until October 31, 2018

St. Augustine’s Social Hall | Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity

From 9:00 am to 7:00 pm | free admission

Using as exhibition material the photographs from the 13th October 1917 and the direct and indirect reports about the Miracle of the Sun, the exhibit intends to recreate, through several sensorial mechanisms, scenery sets related with the landscape of the day of the last apparition of the Virgin Mary in Fatima. Set from this memory, the visitor will be aware that the Miracle of the Sun was not the moment of closure in the story of the apparitions, but the initial day from a story in which the pilgrim becomes the true main character.


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Earth and Heaven: pilgrims and saints of Fatima

Evocative temporary exhibition of the September 1917 Apparition

From November 28, 2015 until October 31, 2016

St. Augustine’s Social Hall | Basilica of The Most Holy Trinity

9:00 am to 7:00 pm | free admission

Above all, this exhibition is an experience that takes the visitor for a walk through a path that reflects Earth and Heaven. As perceived by the Message of Fatima, those are two non-competing, but luminously complementary concepts. With their feet firm because they plough the Hearth, the pilgrims of Fatima look at Heaven. In fact, between Hearth and Heaven, there are many names enrolled that once experienced Fatima as a place of holiness


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In this valley of tears

Evocative temporary exhibition of the August 1917 Apparition

From November 29, 2014 until October, 31 2015

St. Augustine’s Social Hall | Basilica of The Most Holy Trinity

Having as a theme the adversity lived by the little shepherds of Fatima, in mid-august 1917, "In this valley of tears" is a prayerful contemplation of the weep and cry, of the banishments and all the supplications that consolidate the tribulations of the contemporary era, interpreted in the light of hope that irradiates from the Message of Fatima.


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Secret and Revelation

Evocative temporary exhibition of the July 1917 Apparition

From the November 30, 2013 until  October 31, 2014

St. Augustine’s Social Hall | Basilica of The Most Holy Trinity

Having as a theme the apparition of July 1917, the Shrine of Fatima offers to the pilgrims a temporary exhibition that aims to present, through historical documentation and private art collection, one of the most important subject areas of Fatima: The Secret that leads to the contemplation of a whole modern world from Cova da Iria. "Secret and revelation" makes the visitors realise that «the message of Fatima invites us to trust in the promise» in the Gospel: "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."» (Jo 16,33) (Joseph Ratzinger, Theological commentary on the Secret of Fatima).



To be, the secret of the Heart

Evocative temporary exhibition of the June 1917 Apparition

From the November 24,  2012 until the October 31, 2013

St. Augustine’s Social Hall | Basilica of The Most Holy Trinity

Under the title "To be, the secret of the Heart" six cores were developed through which a story unfolds. This narrative offers the visitor a sensory and reflective experience on the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a story that portrays the Immaculate Heart of Mary in a historical, theological and spiritual dimension, through many documents and works of art. "To be, the secret of the Heart" aims to be a contribution for the reflexion on this Marian devotion, which, in spite of already being present in the hearts of the faithful since the seventieth century, acquires a universal and contemporary prominence from Fatima.


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Enlarge the place of your tent

Missionary exhibition

From the May 12 until October 31, 2012

St. Augustine’s Social Hall | Basilica of The Most Holy Trinity

Under the name "Enlarge the place of your tent", extracted from the book of Isaiah, this missionary exhibition was organised by the Missionary Ad Gentes institutes, Ad Gentes Missionary Animators, Pontifical Mission Societies and by the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima. The purpose of the exhibition's discourse is that the visitor can learn, according to different paces, the circumstances of the Mission, starting from a theological consciousness, which reflects upon how God shows Himself as missionary, interpreting the missionary work as a straightforward communication that derives from the Trinity.



20 jan 2020

Mass, in Portuguese, in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima

  • 11h00

Rosary, in the Chapel of the Apparitions

  • 12h00
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