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Aljustrel and Valinhos | Houses of the three infant shepherds

The fifth  stop is held in front of the House-Museum of Aljustrel in Rua dos Pastorinhos. From here you can follow on foot to visit the homes of the three infant shepherds, and the Valinhos.

 

The small village of Aljustrel was the birthplace of the three little shepherds and the house of the brothers Francisco and Jacinta can be visited, as well as Lúcia’s house, converted in a museum, depicting local lifestyle in the beginning of the 20th century. Departing from Aljustrel you can walk along the Way of the Cross in Valinhos.

 

Valinhos
Between the 8th and 9th station of the Way of the Cross in the Path of the little Shepherds, there is the place where the fourth apparition of Our Lady, on August 19, 1917, ocurred.

 

House Museum of Aljustrel
The House Museum of Aljustrel is located next to Lucia’s birth house, in that small village called Aljustrel, about 2 kilometers away from the Shrine of Fatima. This first permanent Museological Centre of the Shrine was inaugurated on August 19, 1992, and is located in the house once owned by Maria Rosa, baptism godmother of Lucia. It is divided in four sections which allow us to understand the daily life back to the period of time of the apparitions.

 

Jacinta and Francisco’s House
It was in this house that Blessed Francisco and Jacinta were born, the two youngest children of the family Marto. This house is 200 meters away from Lucia’s. It was acquired by the Shrine in November 1996, and later rebuilt.

 

Lucia’s House
House where Lucia de Jesus, the youngest of six children, was born and lived. The first interrogatories to the seers took place in this house. In the backyard, one can still see the fig trees under the shade of which the three little shepherds played and where they hid when sought by pilgrims or curious.

In 1981, Sister Lucia donated the house to the Shrine; it only took possession of it in 1986. The area surrounding the house was arranged and was built a new information office, inaugurated on August 13, 1994.

 

Loca do Cabeço
The Loca do Cabeço is the place where, according to the Fatima sources, the first and the third apparition of the Angel to the seers took place.

 

More information:
Fatima Shrine official page: www.fatima.pt.

 

Photo of Loca do Cabeço kindly provided by the World Apostolate of Fatima www.worldfatima.com. More photos at www.fatimaphotos.com.

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