Basílica da Estrela is one of the more notable churches in Lisbon. It’s uniqueness stems from being of the first in the world to have a dedicated church to the sacred heart of Jesus. The church was built under Queen Maria I in the late 18th century as a promise of a fulfilled vow. The church is located on a hill making it visible from afar.
The church is constructed in the neoclassical style and Mateus Vicente de Oliveira and Reinaldo Manuel are the architects responsible for the beautiful design. The statues on the two towers of the church only add to the sacrament and spender.
The tombs of Queen Maria I and her confessor are located inside the church and are further designed and decorated in the neoclassical style. The other inner decorations include marble patterns of grey, pink, and yellow in most areas and paintings in the rest. The Supper by Pompeo Batoni and a large painting by Machado de Castro are two renowned art pieces on show inside.
Other Religious Places to Visit in Lisbon:
- Lisbon Cathedral: is one of the oldest of churches constructed in 1147 during the early Christian Reconquista. Though there is a continuous remodelling and expansion of the church throughout the timeline, the interior still feels dark and deeply religious.
- Church of São Roque: The Church of São Roque is a Roman Catholic and was the earliest Jesuit churches built in Lisbon, and one of the first Jesuit churches worldwide
- Mosteiro dos Jerónimos: Built in the age of discovery, this monastery also flaunts the richness of then rulers of Portugal with its magnificent gothic style of architecture.
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