martes, 21 de abril de 2015

Fatima’s Shrine, Tacámbaro, Michoacán

Fatima’s Shrine in Tacámbaro is a place we always recommend that our guests at Hotel Mansion Iturbe visit, if they are interested in investigating religious sites in Mexico.



Fatima's Shirine in Tacámbaro, Michoacan, Mexico
Fatima's Shirine in Tacámbaro, Michoacan, Mexico

Of course, faithful Catholics come to our Magical Town to visit the Basilica of OurLady of Health in Pátzcuaro.  This image of the Virgin is adored not only by countless people in our State of Michoacán, but by people from all over Mexico and even from other countries.

Tacámbaro, another Magical Town, is a scant 55 kilometers (34 miles) from Patzcuaro.  It’s a lovely area surrounded by natural landscapes, including the Laguna de la Magdalena, and the Ecological Park of Cerro Hueco.
In this picturesque setting, among many attractions of the area, you will find Fatima’s Shrine.  It’s a handsome complement to your religious quest.

Many people are surprised to find a place like Fatima’s Shrine in remote Little Tacámbaro.  There you will find the so-called “Refugee Virgins,” which arrived thence from such diverse origins as Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, and Cuba.  And learning a little about the history of this Shrine will help you appreciate this religious landmark.

Construction of the building began in 1952 – quite a “youngster” for churches in this area – under the auspices of the Eugenio Díaz Barriga Presbytery. The Shrine was dedicated to the Rosary Virgin of Fatima (Portugal) as an homage.  It was consecrated October 26, 1967.


Virgin of Fatima in Tacambaro, Michoacan, Mexico
Virgin of Fatima in Tacambaro, Michoacan, Mexico

The image of the Virgin of Fatima, located in the Shrine, is a replica of the original, made by the same artist José Ferreira Thedim.  It measures 1.1 meters and is made of Brazilian cedar.

On the main altar you will find the Christ painted by the Hungarian artist Vilmos Szots, and to the sides you will see the Mysteries of the Rosary.  At the blessing ceremony in 1974, members of the Polish Community in Mexico participated, as did the embassies of Poland and Hungary.


Christ painted by Vilmos Szots in Tacambaro, Michoacan, Mexico.
Christ painted by Vilmos Szots in Tacambaro, Michoacan, Mexico.
 
So!  How did the Refugee Virgins end up in Tacámbaro?  To escape ongoing Catholic persecution in Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, and Cuba.

The Black Madonna of Chenstojova, by the artist Miguel Baquidano, was brought from Poland by Jerzy Skoryna and Melchor Fryszriewicz on October 20, 1957.  This Virgin was sent to Tacámbaro in gratitude for the prayers that were offered for the liberation of Poland during the Second World War, and also for the Prime Cardenal Stefan Wysznski of Poland, emprisoned by the communist regime.

Black Maddona of Chenstojova in Tacambaro, Michoacan, Mexico
Black Maddona of Chenstojova in Tacambaro, Michoacan, Mexico

The images of the Virgins of Lithuania and Cuba came to Tacámbaro in 1961, and the Virgin of Hungary in 1966.
 
Virgin of Lithuania at the Fatima's Shrine in Tacámbaro, Michoacán
Virgin of Lithuania at the Fatima's Shrine in Tacámbaro, Michoacán
 

Virgin of Cuba at the Farima's Shrine in Tacámbaro, Michoacán
Virgin of Cuba at the Farima's Shrine in Tacámbaro, Michoacán


Virgin of Hungary at the Fatima's Shrine in Tacambaro
Virgin of Hungary at the Fatima's Shrine in Tacambaro
Father Eugenio Díaz Barriga, with the help of the people of Tacámbaro – and others from far and wide – gradually built Fatima’s Shrine, don’t miss the beautiful gothic style vitrails.


Gothic Style Vitrails in Tacámbaro, Michoacán, México
Gothic Style Vitrails in Tacámbaro, Michoacán, México


Gothic Style Vitrails in Tacámbaro, Michoacán, México
Gothic Style Vitrails in Tacámbaro, Michoacán, México

But wait!  There’s more!  In the basement of Fatima’s Shrine, you will find a replica of the Holy Sepulchre.  You will cross a narrow stone corridor that leads to were Jesus prayed in the garden.  There lies Jesus.  In the same vicinity, you will also see paintings from the 19th Century.


Replica of the Holy Sepulchre in Tacámbaro, Michoacán, México
Replica of the Holy Sepulchre in Tacámbaro, Michoacán, México


Replica of the Holy Sepulchre in Tacámbaro, Michoacán, México
Replica of the Holy Sepulchre in Tacámbaro, Michoacán, México


Replica of the Holy Sepulchre in Tacámbaro, Michoacán, México
Replica of the Holy Sepulchre in Tacámbaro, Michoacán, México


Replica of the Holy Sepulchre in Tacámbaro, Michoacán, México
Replica of the Holy Sepulchre in Tacámbaro, Michoacán, México

You can’t miss the cantera monument of the Martyrs of Christ the King in the exterior of the church.  Wrapping up your visit, don’t miss the spectacular view from the Shrine’s staircase, where you will see the gorgeous natural surroundings of this Magical Town, Tacámbaro, known as the Balcony of the Warm Earth.


View of Tacámbaro natural surroundings from the Fatima's shrine staircase
View of Tacámbaro natural surroundings from the Fatima's shrine staircase

 
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