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train in Fatima

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A: Santíssima Trindade Church

by Luis Filipe Azevedo, 130 meters away

Santíssima Trindade Church

B: Fátima Sanctuary

by Luis Filipe Azevedo, 130 meters away

Fátima Sanctuary

C: Capilla del Santisimo Sacramento_Fatima (Portugal)

by soledad-tante-agudo, 160 meters away

Capilla del Santisimo Sacramento_Fatima (Portugal)

D: Santuario de Fatima en Portugal_1

by soledad-tante-agudo, 180 meters away

Santuario de Fatima en Portugal_1

F: Santuario de Fatima en Portugal

by soledad-tante-agudo, 190 meters away

Santuario de Fatima en Portugal

G: Fatima

by Tiago Barbosa, 220 meters away

Fatima

H: Santuario de Fatima_Capilla de las apariciones

by soledad-tante-agudo, 270 meters away

Santuario de Fatima_Capilla de las apariciones

I: Santuario de Fatima en Portugal_3

by soledad-tante-agudo, 290 meters away

Santuario de Fatima en Portugal_3

J: Eucharistic celebration @ Fátima Sanctuary

by Luis Filipe Azevedo, 330 meters away

Eucharistic celebration @ Fátima Sanctuary

This panorama was taken in Portugal, Europe

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