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This foto was taken at Fatima. Milions of people come hier to prayer. Despite the number op people, you find here a quite a peacful athmosphere

From wikipedia:
F疸ima's claim is fame to the shrine called the Sanctuary of F疸ima, built to commemorate the events of 1917 when three peasant children claimed to have seen the "Virgin of the Rosary", Our Lady of Fatima. The children actually experienced the apparitions in a pasture called the Cova da Iria ("Irene's Cove") near the village of Aljustrel, about a mile from F疸ima.

F疸ima now attracts hosts of believers from far and wide, particularly on the pilgrimage days, and the shrine has been developed on a correspondingly large scale. The large torch-light processions in the evening are particularly impressive.

The pilgrims gather in the Cova, on a huge esplanade in which is built a little chapel where the Virgin is believed to have appeared to the children. Around the esplanade are a considerable number of shops and stalls selling all kinds of religious articles.

On the far side of the esplanade rises the gigantic basilica, in neo-classical style, with a central tower 65 meters high, the construction of which was begun on 13 May 1928. It is flanked by colonnades linking it with the extensive conventual and hospital buildings. In the basilica are the tombs of two of the three seers, Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto, who died in 1919 and 1920 respectively, and were beatified in 2000. The third seer, Lcia dos Santos, died in 2005. Now Lcia's tomb is also in the Basilica.
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On this re-post i use ShiftN to correct the distortion of the tower; balanced the highlights and add a frame

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