National Pantheon of Santa Engracia, Lisbon
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Designed to resemble St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, National Pantheon of Santa Engracia stands both as a home to the tombs of many notable Portuguese figures and as one of the capital city's most recognizable symbols. Though it took nearly three centuries to complete, the church retains its 17th-century architecture. Its ornate Baroque facade and white dome rise above the city. Enter the basilica to explore the halls with their different coats of arms and statues. Keep your eyes open for the graves of famous figures, including former presidents, writers, singers, and Humberto Delgado--a presidential candidate who once ran against then-dictator Antonio Salazar. You'll find several memorials to legendary native explorers Vasco da Gama and Henry the Navigator, among others. Afterward, ascend the basilica dome for a view of the sea and Lisbon. National Pantheon of Santa Engracia is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Lisbon Edition.
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  • You will probably go on a Tuesday or Saturday flea (Feira da Ladra) and the pantheon is all beside, take the opportunity to visit. You will find the tombs of national heroes, among the well-known by foreigners, the fadiste Amalia Rodrigues and the footballer Eusebio. You will also find cenotaphs of famous Portuguese in history. (The Kings are not, some are just next to the Mosteiro Sao Vicente, so you can make a stone three shots). Don't forget to go up for the view. Has begun an explanatory exhibition about all the pantheons of the Portugal, with objects, memories of the heroes whose tombs are here. It's an old monumental Church and original, the building itself is worth also. The tombs are on the ground floor, but for show or the view, you have to climb a lot of stairs.
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  • The Pantheon offers a hall with a few tombstones of people who were important in Portuguese history like Vasco Da Gama, writers, presidents… Beautiful on outside and inside. When climbing the stairs a...  more »
  • very cheap at 4 euros each and a beautiful building to boot, larger on the inside than it looks and a beautiful view of the local area from the roof 
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  • The walk from Sé to the National Pantheon is simply amazing. Old Alfama is a must see! The view from the top of the Pantheon is amazing. The entrance is not for free, but it's really cheap. Just do it!
  • My highlight of Lisbon! The building is very beautilful and the View is amazing. You definitly need to buy the Ticket, which includes the terrrace. :)
  • Beautiful building! If you can, go up to the rooftop. Walk around the dome to observe the beauty of Lisbon from above. Also walk the inner balcony to appreciate the greatness of construction. On a first Sunday of the months it is a free entrance.
  • I do resent having to pay to enter what is essentially a glorified cemetery but once inside, you understand the significance of this structure, not only as a feat of architecture but also because of the significance that it has in Portuguese history and culture. Awe struck is the best adjective that I experienced as I stared up into the domed roof. You question all forms of mathematics and physics to grapple with an understanding of how such a feat of construction is possible.
  • Lisbon reminds me of San Francisco. With its uphill roads and stone paved streets. It's a beautiful city to explore complete with shopping centres like the Armazen de Chaido. They even have tram ways and a bridge similar to that in San Fran. And their taxi fare is relatively cheap around 4 Euro going to the mall from the cruise port