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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  • Basilica de Estrela can be seen from far away from many vantage points in Lisbon, with its white facade end two bell towers. Taking tram 28 there from Chîado is the best way of getting there. The... 
    Basilica de Estrela can be seen from far away from many vantage points in Lisbon, with its white facade end two bell towers. Taking tram 28 there from Chîado is the best way of getting there. The...  more »
  • Known for the white exterior and dual bell-towers, Basílica da Estrela warrants a brief visit to view Queen Maria's tomb and an impressive pulpit. Less ornate than other churches in Lisbon, there is....  more
    Known for the white exterior and dual bell-towers, Basílica da Estrela warrants a brief visit to view Queen Maria's tomb and an impressive pulpit. Less ornate than other churches in Lisbon, there is....  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.
  • Visiting this Basilica on January 1st was an excellent way to start the new year. It was very beautiful to view all the statues, architecture and paintings. It was also nice to be able to light two candles - one for my Dad and one for something else. A wonderfully spiritual moment.

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