Fatima: Portugal, 2007

Do you remember the scene in “La Dolce Vita” where the two kids claim to have seen the Virgin Mary in a field and the whole Italian media circus swoops down on there town to report the event?

Well, it’s sort of true because in this town in Fatima Portugal, that’s exactly what happened. It wasn’t a town in the 1930’s when this “vision” supposedly took place but today it is a small city devoted to this event. The high point is the cathedral which you cannot see in the photo . The photo only shows a part of the steps leading up to the place. Its fucking huge! We arrived there at around 10:00 PM but the place was still , kicking with masses going on in an outdoor cupola 24/7. This place was about as trashy as one could get. I thought I had seen it all when I was a kid in Montreal and they had the “Oratoire” situated on a hill with brother Andre’s heart in a glass vase in the cathedral but this place put it to shame. I only wish we could have arrived a bit earlier while the souvenir shop was still open. I would have loved to get a slice of Pizza with an image of Jesus visible in the cheese topping.

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