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The pilgrimage town of Fatima has two important annual dates: May 13th and Oct. 13th. A week ahead of those dates, there are numerous religious events like Mass and processions: day and night.
We arrived on Friday night to town and there was a ceremony in 6 langugaes ( as there were 6 delegations from 6 countries) and a procession.
This picture where the Basilica, taken during the Mass, and in the WS there is an image taken during the procession that followed.
The name of the town comes from the Arabic name Fatima, a Moorish woman who captured by Christian forces during the Reconquista, was converted to Catholicism, and baptised before marrying a local Count .
The basilica built to commemorate an events in 1917 when 3 peasant children claimed to have seen the "Virgin of the Rosary". The children experienced the purported Marian apparitions in place where the sight is.

A day-view on the Basilica.

Ike

The story of Fatima: : Read the web page attached . Fascinating.

Location on map: 39.6312, -8.673

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