Skip to comments.Another Architectural Assault on Our Lady? : New Church at Fatima Shrine in Portugal
Posted on 09/20/2002 10:30:49 PM PDT by Dajjal
Mark C. N. Sullivan
Monday, September 16, 2002
Another architectural assault on Our Lady?
Planned Sanctuary of Fatima
It is unclear whether Our Lady of Fatima ever revealed a secret such as this: "You shall build in my name a church that resembles a great flapjack griddle."
Yet here (last item) is the first-prize winner in an international architectural competition to design a new church* at Fatima in Portugal.
(And here, apparently, is an entry that didn't win.)
Compare to the current basilica. How long, O Lord?
* Via Amy Welborn.
New church at Fatima shrine
A new church with seating for 9,000 people is to be built at a Roman Catholic shrine where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared.
Thousands attend mass every week at Fatima in Portugal even though the present church seats just 900.
Three young shepherd children said the Virgin Mary revealed secrets to them there in 1917.
The church, which will be circular, is to cost about 45 million euros (£28.25 million), a statement said. It is expected to open within three years.
The project was awarded to Greek architectural company Tombazis, based in Athens, the Fatima authorities said.
Roughly 10,000 people regularly attend Sunday Mass at the shrine but the current basilica's capacity is just 900. Most worshippers stand outside.
Each year hundreds of thousands of people visit the shrine at Fatima, a town of 8,000 people lying 110 kilometres (about 70 miles) north of Lisbon.
More than 100,000 people from dozens of countries attend the annual May 13 commemorations, and more than 1 million have attended during papal visits.
Story filed: 13:24 Monday 16th September 2002
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I think you're being too harsh. I think it resembles some kind of new age country music instrument, not a griddle...
Could someone please post the photo? Thanks!
BTW, I've tried following the instructions for posting a photo, but couldn't quite get it right. This was all that happened. What did I do wrong?
A New Super Deluxe, Extra Grande, George Foreman Grill!
The architect was stumped. Many a long hour had he spent on the new design, slowly contemplating what a truly holy symbol must contain, as he checked his George Foreman Grill, then...Eureka et viola!!!!
When George Foreman finally passes on, his legacy will not be as a boxer, humanitarian, servant of God, rancher, uncreative giver of names to his children, star of a genial ABC comedy or the Man Who Would Not Pay A Lot For This Muffler. It will be as the face of a modern-day religious icon the Lean, Mean, Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine.
This white, waffle-iron-looking contraption is more than just an appliance. It is a device whose introduction into a conversation can turn any otherwise sane and educated human being into a babbling prophet of the Gospel of Grill, as this person tells the story of conversion from mere Weberite to Georgian, such as was described in the Old Testament: "And lo, Ezekiel dideth desire the burger of poultry, one that was bereft of fat, yet still tasteth juicy, and dideth not have the foul odor of briquettes. And lo, God senteth down from his Kingdom a Holy Grill, compact in size, simple in operation and easy to cleaneth, though on that note the Lord instructeth Ezekiel, 'My follower, it would pleaseth me for you to use the enclosed scraper rather than soap for best results.' And lo, Ezekiel cooketh the meat of the slain bird, which tooketh only 10 minutes, including five minutes of warm-up, and watcheth as fat drippeth onto the plate provided for such purpose of catching unpure liquids. And lo, Ezekiel gave thanks to his Father, saying, 'God, this tasteth great!'"
the later from http://www.flakmag.com/misc/foreman.html
But this design for Fatima is pure dreck.
Pigrims at the Basilica of the Rosary
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