Basílica da Estrela

sights / Religious

Basílica da Estrela information

Location
Lisbon , Portugal
Address
Praça da Estrela
Prices
basilica free, nativity scene €1.50, roof €4
Opening hours
basilica 7.30am-7.45pm, terrace 10am-6.40pm, presépio 10-11.30am & 3-5pm, closed Mon afternoon & Sun morning
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The curvaceous, sugar-white dome and twin belfries of Basílica da Estrela are visible from afar. The echoing interior is awash with pink-and-black marble, which creates a kaleidoscopic effect when you gaze up into the cupola. The neoclassical beauty was completed in 1790 by order of Dona Maria I (whose tomb is here) in gratitude for a male heir.

Don't miss the presépio , home to the incredibly elaborate 500-piece Nativity Scene made of cork and terracotta by celebrated 18th-century sculptor Joaquim Machado de Castro; it's in a room just beyond the tomb. Climb the 112 steps of the dome for far-reaching views over Lisbon.