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THE FAITH MOVES MOUNTAINS!!!

The name of the city (formerly a very small village or place) comes from the Arabic Fahima or Fatima. History or rather legend claims that a Moorish girl with that name around the 12th century converted to Catholicism, then changing her name to Oriana, which gave the name to Ourém, the head of the county.
Fátima's claim to fame is the shrine called the Sanctuary of Fátima, built to commemorate the events of 1917 when three peasant children claimed to have seen the "Virgin of the Rosary", Our Lady of Fatima.
Fátima now attracts hosts of believers from far and wide, particularly on the pilgrimage days, and the shrine has been developed on a correspondingly large scale. The large torch-light processions in the evening are particularly impressive.
The pilgrims gather in Cova da Iria, on a huge esplanade in which is built a little chapel where the Virgin is believed to have appeared to the children. Around the esplanade are a considerable number of shops and stalls selling all kinds of religious articles.

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  • Copyright: manuel matos (efigesta) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1958 W: 73 N: 2483] (12188)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2006-06-00
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2006-06-08 5:00
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