Published on: 28 July 2021


Fátima is a Portuguese city located in Serra de Aire, parish seat, subdivision of the municipality of Ourém, in the province of Beira Litoral, Centro region and Médio Tejo sub-region, with 71.29 km² of area and 13 224 inhabitants ( 2021 census). Its population density is 185.5 inhab/km². Its worldwide fame is due to the account of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary reported by three little shepherds from May 13th to October 13th, 1917.
At the ecclesiastical level, the city of Fatima is simultaneously the seat of a diocese with the city of Leiria. The name of the then renamed Diocese of Leiria-Fátima was given by Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1984. The only existing parish in the city has Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres as patron saint. The parish of Serra, as it was originally known, was dismembered from the Collegiate Church of Ourém in 1568.
Due to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima, located in Cova da Iria, the city has become one of the most important international destinations for religious tourism, receiving around six million people a year.

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