Basílica da Estrela
Jardim da Estrela
Seeking green respite? Opposite the Basílica da Estrela, this garden is perfect for a stroll, with paths weaving past pine, monkey...
Overgrown with cypress trees, the Cemitério dos Ingleses was founded in 1717. Expats at rest here include Henry Fielding (author of Tom...
Palácio da Assembleia da República
The columned, temple-like Palácio da Assembleia da República is where Portugal’s parliament, the Assembleia da República, makes its...
This delightful bar time-warps you back to the more glamorous age of Art Nouveau, with its dark wood, red velvet walls, soft lamp...
Clube das Jornalistas
You have to be determined to find hilltop Clube das Jornalistas, but persevere. This 18th-century house, opening onto a tree-shaded...
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Basílica da Estrela information
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 incredibly elaborate 500-piece Nativity Scene made of cork and terra cotta by celebrated 18th-century sculptor Joaquim Machado de Castro; it's in a room just beyond the tomb. Climb the dome for far-reaching views over Lisbon.