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Lady of Fatima Shrine
Architects: Robert Gutowski Architects
Year: 2019
Area: 700 m2
Location: Alsószentiván, 7012 Ungarn

At the request of the Diocese of Székesfehérvár, the popular Marian shrine in Alsószentiván was renovated in 2019. The aim was to create a liturgical space worthy of the pilgrims who have regularly visited the shrine since 1951. In addition to the renovation of the former mansion building, which served as a church, and the exterior environment, a new outdoor liturgical space was created.

The emotional centre of the church's interior is the new stone altar, which has been transformed from the base of a 20-tonne Soviet monument. The altar is a metaphor for a century of cultural history. The apparitions in Fatima foretold the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. And 30 years after the regime change, the symbol of power could be transformed into an altar.

The outdoor altar is the wooden counterpart of the stone altar. The focal point of the liturgical space is the cross behind the altar, standing among the trees. The wooden structure and material of the symbolic triangular shrine make it part of nature.

Photos by Tamás Bujnovszky