Ourém

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Ourém (Portuguese pronunciation: [owˈɾɐ̃j] (listen)) is a municipality in the district of Santarém in Portugal. The population in 2011 was 45,932, in an area of 416.68 km².
The municipality of Ourém contains two cities: Ourém (about 12,000 residents) and Fátima (about 11,000 inhabitants).
The municipality is bordered by the municipalities of Pombal (to the north), Alvaiázere (to the northeast), Ferreira do Zêzere and Tomar (to the east), Torres Novas (to the southeast), Alcanena (to the southwest), and Batalha and Leiria (to the west). The main historical attraction of the municipality is the mighty Castle of Ourém. Nevertheless, millions of faithful Catholics come to the parish of Fátima every year to visit Cova da Iria, the site where three child shepherds are said to have had visions of Our Lady of Fátima in 1917. The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fátima has become one of the largest religious tourism sites in the world.
The present Mayor is Luís Miguel Albuquerque, elected by the Social Democratic Party.The municipal holiday is June 20.

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