image: BBC News
The world’s fourth largest Catholic worship space opened yesterday. The Church of the Holy Trinity will accommodate pilgrims to the Fatima shrine in Portugal. Up to 9,000 worshippers will fit in a building without interior columns, but with generous-looking aisle space. Total cost was in the tens of millions.
In my own city, they refer to this parish‘s abode as the “fish church.” Another parish in my home diocese is home to the “swiss cheese church.” Both due to the building appearance from the air.
I can imagine a few monikers will be offered for this building.
The old Fatima church will retain its honor of being cathedral and basilica, however.