Lisbon. Basilica da Estrela

The Lisbon Basilica was built at the end of the eighteenth century on the order of Mary I. In this way, the Portuguese queen wanted to perpetuate the birth of her son Jose. The construction lasted for 11 years, from 1779. Unfortunately, the son of the queen never saw the finished basilica in honor of him, because he suddenly died of smallpox two years before the completion.

The dome of Basilica da Estrela is seen from many areas of the city, because the building is located on one of the hills on the shore of the Tagus River.

The Basilica was built in the style of late baroque, but it has elements of classicism. During the construction, the marble of three types, gray, pink and yellow, were used. In the foreground, we can see two bell towers. The statues of saints are installed on them. There are many paintings of Pompeo Batoni inside the Basilica.

Tourists visiting the Basilica like the Nativity scene most of all. It consists of more than five hundred elements. Within the Estrela Basilica rests its founder, Queen Mary I.

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