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Fátima is a town in Portugal famous for the religious visions that reportedly took place there in 1917.

The name of the town (formerly a small village) comes from the Arabic name Fatima. As noted in the "Cronica de Cister" of Bernardo de Brito, a 16 Century monk, the city was originally named after a Moorish princess who following her capture by Christian forces during the Reconquista, was converted to Catholicism, and was baptised before marrying the Count of Ourém in 1158.

Fátima is famous for the shrine called the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, built to commemorate the events of 1917 when three peasant children claimed to have seen the "Virgin of the Rosary", Our Lady of Fátima. When the children asked for her name, she said "I am The Lady of The Rosary". The children experienced the purported Marian apparitions in a pasture called the Cova da Iria.

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Based on: Wikipedia

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