The annual pilgrimage – in the presence of His Holiness Pope Francis this year to mark the centenary – stems from an event in 1917 when three children witnessed a miraculous vision of the Virgin Mary in their town. There were further apparitions the same year. It is now one of the most important religious shrines in the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
Corinthia Hotel Lisbon is making it easier for the thousands of worshipers to attend the centenary of Portugal’s most famous Christian pilgrimage, at Fatima on May 12-13, with a specially-priced package.
Fatima lies just one hour north of Lisbon and the celebrations include a torch-light evening procession on May 12. The following day a statue of the Virgin Mary is carried from the high altar to the Chapel of the Apparitions. There is a second pilgrimage held in October.
Corinthia Hotel Lisbon’s package is valid on stays between May 13-20 and is bookable from February 20.
The five-star Corinthia Hotel Lisbon offers 518 rooms, including 24 Executive Suites, 1 Ambassador Suite and 1 Presidential Suite, and state-of-the-art facilities. Boasting stunning views over the eighteenth-century Aqueduct and the beautiful Monsanto Natural Park, Corinthia Lisbon exudes the Portuguese Spirit of Discovery. The hotels’ Sete Colinas and Típico restaurants offer a fusion of innovative Portuguese, contemporary Mediterranean and International cuisines, and the Terrace Lounge offers al fresco dining and lounging. The Spa and Wellness Club features 3,500 square meters of sophisticated and exclusive facilities, including face-and-body-ritual luxury suites, state-of-the-art Acqua area, heated indoor swimming pool, natural solarium and a fully equipped gym. Corinthia Lisbon’s Conference Centre offers unparalleled levels of elegance, connectivity and intuitive service, with a capacity for up to 1,400 delegates. Corinthia Lisbon, opened in 2004, is a 21st-century upscale hotel located 7 km from the airport and only short distance from the historic city centre, with excellent public transportation links. Created with a passion for craftsmanship and an understanding of world-class service, Corinthia Lisbon is a member of Corinthia Hotels’ collection of five-star luxury hotels founded by the Pisani family of Malta.
In 1917 the Virgin Mary appeared to three young children and exhorted mankind to pray for world peace. Pilgrims can visit the Basilica in the town of Fatima which is the site of two of the children’s graves, as well as the hamlet of Aljustrel where the children lived.