Estrela Basilica

The Estrela Basilica (Portuguese: Basílica da Estrela) is a basilica in Lisbon, Portugal, built by order of Queen Mary I of Portugal, as a fulfilled promise for giving birth to a son (José, Prince of Brazil). Construction started in 1779 and the basilica was finished in 1790, after the death of José caused by smallpox in 1788.

The huge church has a giant dome, and is located in a hill in what was at the time the western part of Lisbon and can be viewed from far away. The style is similar to the Mafra National Palace, in late baroque and neoclassical. The front has two twin bell towers and includes statues of saints and some allegoric figures.

A large quantity of grey, pink and yellow marble was used in the floor and walls, in intrincated geometric patterns, one of the most beautiful in European churches. Several paintings by Pompeo Batoni also contribute to a balanced design. The tomb of the Queen Mary I is on the right transept. A famous nativity scene made by sculptor Joaquim Machado de Castro, with more than 500 figures in cork and terra cotta is a major attraction to visitors.

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Kevin van Dun
10 May 2016
The Estrela Basilica was the first church in the world dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, built by order of Queen Maria I of Portugal, as a fulfilled promise for giving birth to a son.
Mike Brosche
3 April 2018
Go see the Nativity scene hidden behind the object pictured, lovely last will explain the history, worth the 2€ just having a conversation with her????
Antonio Campos Massagem
13 October 2016
This vast neoclassical monument is one of Lisbon's most eye-catching landmarks. It is also possible to go up to the dome for fantastic city views.
Florian Isachsen
7 September 2014
Lots of different bells. On Sunday around 12 pm you can enjoy a nice "concert". Look for a guy with a remote control. ;-)
José Eduardo Teixeira
25 July 2019
Bonita Basílica com diversas obras, onde é possível também visitar um presépio gigante (€2,00) ou o campanário (€4,00). Vale a visita.
Giovanna Gomez
1 May 2016
É uma igreja muito grande e bonita. Durante à noite a iluminação valoriza ainda mais a sua beleza. Há visita ao campanário, mediante pagamento.
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Praça da Estrela 12, 1200-669 Lisbon, Portugal Get directions
Mon 7:30 AM–1:00 PM
Tue-Thu 7:30 AM–7:45 PM
Wed-Fri 7:30 AM–1:00 PM
Sat 8:30 AM–7:45 PM
Sun 8:30 AM–1:15 PM

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