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...
Casa Museu de Amália Rodrigues
A pilgrimage site for fado fans, Casa Museu de Amália Rodrigues is where the Rainha do Fado (Queen of Fado) Amália Rodrigues lived; note...
Fado star Maria da Fé owns this small place, welcoming first-rate fadistas . Even the legendary Mariza has performed here.
Tasca da Esquina
Headed by celebrated chef Vitor Sobral, the 'tavern on the corner' serves rich and inventive dishes featuring classic Portuguese...
Praça da Estrela · interesting places nearby
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.