It is possible to walk along the route which the three shepherds used to take every day, from Aljustrel to Fatima. Valinhos is an emblematic place for the believers of the Fatima apparitions, because, according to the accounts of the Fatima seers, it was there that the Angel appeared in 1916.
In Valinhos, you will find points of interest such as the Way of the Cross on the path that the Shepherds took, the Hungarian Calvary and the Loca do Cabeço.
THE WAY OF THE CROSS AND THE HUNGARIAN CALVARY
The Way of the Cross, built in honor of the visionaries of Fatima, follows the path that was regularly taken by the three shepherds. It starts at the South Roundabout and ends at the Hungarian Calvary.
The Hungarian Calvary has a chapel, dedicated to Saint Stephen, king of Hungary. The fourteen stations of the cross- and the chapel were offered by Hungarian Catholics, refugees in the West, after the Soviet invasion.
Between the eighth and ninth stations of the Way of the Cross, stands the Chapel built on the place where the fourth apparition of Our Lady occurred on August 19, 1917.
LOCA DO CABEÇO
The Loca do Cabeço is a place of reflection and prayer because this is the site of the first and third apparitions of the Angel to the seers of Fatima. There are true sized statues, sculptured in honor of the shepherds.
It was at the well in the backyard of Lucia’s house that the second apparition of the Angel took place in the summer of 1916. The following year, at the same place, Jacinta had a vision of the Holy Father priest crying and praying on his knees in a large house.
SISTER'S LUCIA HOUSE
A few meters from the house of her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto, is the house of Lucia. Lucia lived in Aljustrel until 1921. It was in this house, now open to the public, that the first interrogations of the three seers of Fatima took place. The house contains some belongings and personal objects of Sister Lucia.
Visiting Hours: November to March: 9h00 to 13h00; 14h00 to 18h00; From April to October: 9h00 to 13h30; 14h30 to 19h00