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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  • Beautiful church. Go up on the roof as the views are amazing. You can also Walk round the dome of the church. It is like the whispering Gallery in St Pauls Cathedral, London. Only 4 Euros to go up to....  more
    Beautiful church. Go up on the roof as the views are amazing. You can also Walk round the dome of the church. It is like the whispering Gallery in St Pauls Cathedral, London. Only 4 Euros to go up to....  more »
  • Paying to go up to the roof of the basilica was the best €4 of our holiday. Beautiful building and lovely photo opportunities. 
    Paying to go up to the roof of the basilica was the best €4 of our holiday. Beautiful building and lovely photo opportunities.  more »
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  • It is a beautiful building inside and out, seen from below and above. Gorgeous decorations, works of art painted and carved in stone. The combination of natural light from the dome and the artificial lighting covers the interior in a special mix of colours. The roof offers great views of Lisbon in all directions.
  • Beautiful old church. When we visited the church, on a Monday around 11.30 in the morning, there was a service ongoing which ended around 12.30. It’s a beautiful church but do not plan a whole afternoon for the visit, it’s not a very big church. There’s an option to burn a candle for € 0,50. Make sure to also visit the park behind the church, absolutely worth the visit.

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