Aesthetically, it’s hard to get past the town’s bland and monolithic architecture. Outside the main pilgrimage dates (the 12th and 13th of each month from May to October) the vast parking lots ringing the basilicas have the feel of a forlorn desert.

While the Santuário de Fátima is the prime sight, several museums are related to the experience, including Museu de Arte Sacra e Etnologia and Museu de Cera de Fátima.