Basílica da Estrela

Praça da Estrela, 1200-667 Lisboa, Portugal

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Description

Basílica da Estrela is a catholic temple that dates back to the end of the XVIIIth century. Its construction was ordered by queen D. Maria I, and it would be the home of the religious Carmelitas Descalças. It is an example of late baroque design, with latin cross plan, single nave and neoclassic elements. Its large dome dominated the landscape. Each of the two towers has a clock and bells and is highly ornamented with statuary and reliefs. Inside, marble is profusely used as decoration, and a few highlights are the altar, the paintings across the entire nave and the spectacular nativity scene in terracotta. There is access to a terrace on the roof of the basilica, with amazing sights of the city of Lisboa. It was the first church in the world to be dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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