Basilica da Estrela, Lisbon

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Admire the fusion of Neoclassical and Baroque styles at Basilica da Estrela, one of the capital city's most recognizable churches and symbols. Finished in 1790 on the orders of Queen Maria, the church features an intricate facade with statues, carvings, and two tall bell towers. Explore the richly decorated interior, noting the different colors of marble used in the architecture. You'll find the tomb of Queen Maria laid out in the right-hand hallway. Be sure to continue past the tomb to get a glimpse of the extensive nativity scene, consisting of more than 500 individual terra cotta pieces. Make your way to the top of the basilica dome for a view over the capital. Plan to see Basilica da Estrela and other attractions that appeal to you using our Lisbon trip planner.
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  • In 1789 this basilica was consecrated, it was the first church in the world to be dedicated to the heart of Jesus. It took a decade to complete. The room behind the tomb of the founder houses a...  more »
  • Beautiful church but it's quite a walk with not that many tourist attractions around it (though there is a lovely park opposite). You can go on the roof and visit the dome (thought this was closed...  more »
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  • Another impressive church, great bells. Nice park opposite, plenty of cool areas to sit. Easily accessible by the trams, the journey is fun too.
  • The church is in a quaint neighborhood of Lisbon with the tram 28 stopping right in front. One can visit the roof and the interior of the dome, very nice views from the roof for a 4 euro fee, children under 12 have free admission. It's a nice workout to climb the spiral staircase and beware that on the hour that church bells will ring. The church also features the possibility to see a nativity scene that includes various scenes from the gospel, it's a 2 euro offer to the old lady that provides explanations in multiple languages.
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