Fodor's Expert Review Basílica da Estrela

Lapa and Estrela Religious Building/Site/Shrine
Free

A standout on Lisbon's skyline, this gleaming white basilica was built in the baroque and neoclassical styles. Its location at the top of one of Lisbon's seven hills makes for dramatic views from its rococo zimbório (dome). It was built at the end of the 18th century under the command of Queen Maria I (whose tomb lies within the building) to fulfill a religious promise she made while praying for a male heir. The interior is striking, too, with black-and-pink marble walls and floors and a famously elaborate nativity scene displayed year-round. Estrela is a short walk west of Largo do Rato, where the metro's Yellow Line terminates.

Religious Building/Site/Shrine Views Free Historical

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Praça da Estrela
Lisbon, Lisbon  1200-667, Portugal

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Rate Includes: Basilica free, dome €5

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