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Estrela Basilica, Lisbon

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Admire the fusion of Neoclassical and Baroque styles at Estrela Basilica, 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. Put Estrela Basilica into our Lisbon trip builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Lisbon.
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  • This is a beautiful, large church with a scenic view. You might want to take more time and go up as well as in the back of the church to see the figurines.  more »
  • Be sure to go to the back to visit the nativity which is enormous and filled with over 500 figures. Be sure to bring a small flashlight to see all the figures depicting everyday life that populate the...  more »
  • You've got to climb to the top of the stairs that gives you access to the roof, great views across Lisbon. Then walk across the roof to the inside of the church, look down and appreciate the size and ...  more »
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  • Cool church in traditional Portuguese style but not worth coming out here for by itself. The garden across the street is nice though and 28 tram does stop here.
  • Absolutely beautiful, with lovely music being piped inside the church. Tip: the cork and terra cotta nativity scene is behind Queen Maria's tomb on the right side of the church.
  • Excelente monumento, bons acabamentos.
  • It has a great architecture and the interior is well maintained with great details. Music plays and it brings a pleasant atmosphere.
  • Real nice place to visit for only 5 euro. Well worth it