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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  • August 18, 2017
    Great place to taste a little bit of history and glory. Worth a look impressive cupola with exit to the terrace with beautiful views of the city.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The building is impressive. You can visit various departments where with cenotaphs of prominent Portuguese characters. You can also climb to the dome. It is worth
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  • August 17, 2017
    A beautiful church which is used as a pantheon now. It's eye blinding white and is definitely worth a visit.  more »
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  • We visited on a Monday when it is shut. But there is a little cafe adjacent with a garden. It is cool and shaded with seating available. It's the perfect place to observe the Panteão Nacional. We googled the pictures of the inside and saved ourselves a few euros.
  • Anything related with religion and a fee turns me right off. No church should charge for an entrance, even if it is turned into a pantheon. The worst part is that they don't even advertise on the Google local map that there is a feed so you walk all the way here thinking you will get in for free just to find out that there is a fee for everything.
  • The view from the gallery is worth the €4. Amazing feat of architecture.
  • great building where you can go up to the rooftop and see the great view
  • 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.

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Check into one of Lisbon's grand city center hotels to position yourself well to explore the central historical districts on foot. To avoid the potentially high prices of some of the Old Town's central upscale hotels, try staying in a hostel instead. While some hostels have an upper age limit for their guests, they're affordable and oftentimes offer access to attractions on par with or better than bigger hotels. In the upper town, opt for one of the family-run bed and breakfasts, which provide affordable rooms and, as the name would suggest, include a meal as well.
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