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A historic maritime city, welcoming modern explorers

Europe’s westernmost capital is probably also its most stunningly situated, on hilly ground in a bend of the River Tagus where it broadens out into a giant bay. Writers rave about Lisbon’s unique light; modern tourists also warm to the mild climate and relaxed feel of its summer nights, when the bars' patrons spill out onto cobbled streets. Centuries of maritime exploration have also left a rich artistic heritage.

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Estrela Basilica

Estrela Basilica

Ornate historic landmark church building in the city of Lisbon

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Ornate historic landmark church building in the city of Lisbon Editors' Note

The city’s historic landmark Estrela Basilica was originally built in the 18th century by Queen Mary I of Portugal. The church is a beautiful example of neoclassical architecture. The structure features a large rococo dome and twin bell towers.

Estrela Basilica houses the tomb of Queen Mary I. The beautiful interior of the church features different shades of marble. There are also paintings from the Pompeo Batoni. The church is open daily.

Estrela Basilica
Praça da Estrela, 1200 Lisbon
+351 213 960 915
8AM-1PM, 3PM-8PM