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Panteão Nacional-Church of Santa Engrácia
Type: Architecture, Great Views, Historic Sites, Religious Sites, Sightseeing
The chalk-white dome of the National Pantheon, the Church of Santa Engrácia, is a familiar landmark on Lisbon's eastern waterfront skyline. Royal architect Joao Antunes, considered one of the most... Read More
The chalk-white dome of the National Pantheon, the Church of Santa Engrácia, is a familiar landmark on Lisbon's eastern waterfront skyline. Royal architect Joao Antunes, considered one of the most important exponents of the baroque in Portugal, designed the church, and building began in 1682. However, construction was only completed in 1966 when the dome was added. In 1916, it was turned into a National Pantheon and is the final resting place for a number of Portuguese personalities including the writer Almeida Garrett and fado singer Amalia Rodrigues. Visitors can admire the marble-rich interior, and fabulous 360-degree views of the river and surrounding Alfama can be had from the dome's sweeping terrace.
- Attractions near Cruise Port: "You can avoid (most) of the steep stairs by using the elevator. Ask the custodian for directions."
- Historic Sites: "After paying their respects to the various dignitaries buried here, visitors can take a lift to the top of the dome for a 360-degree panorama of the city."
- Best for Attractions near Cruise Port Because: The National Pantheon is within walking distance of Santa Apolonia cruise port, but it's an uphill jaunt so you'll need a stout pair of legs.
- Best for Historic Sites Because: The National Pantheon, the Church of Santa Engrácia, houses the tombs and cenotaphs of some of Portugal's most revered and popular figures.