Basilica da Estrela, Lisbon

#13 of 66 in Historic Sites in Lisbon
Church · Tourist Spot
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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  • Probably because of the new covid-19 restrictions, but the church was closed when I passed by here... otherwise looks pretty impressive from the outside... there's a nice green park in front  more »
  • Basílica da Estrela is a nice church, outside of the main touristy circuit path in Lisboa. It's quite big, neobarrocan style.  more »
  • 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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