Panteao Nacional, Lisbon

#10 of 66 in Historic Sites in Lisbon
Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Designed to resemble St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, Panteao Nacional stands both as a home to the tombs of many notable Portuguese figures and as one of the capital city's most recognizable symbols. Though it took nearly three centuries to complete, the church retains its 17th-century architecture. Its ornate Baroque facade and white dome rise above the city. Enter the basilica to explore the halls with their different coats of arms and statues. Keep your eyes open for the graves of famous figures, including former presidents, writers, singers, and Humberto Delgado--a presidential candidate who once ran against then-dictator Antonio Salazar. You'll find several memorials to legendary native explorers Vasco da Gama and Henry the Navigator, among others. Afterward, ascend the basilica dome for a view of the sea and Lisbon. Make Panteao Nacional a part of your Lisbon vacation plans using our Lisbon day trip planner.
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  • It’s a huge church on the far side of Lisbon. It feels very neglected on the exterior with lots of weeds and dirt. Not actually a place of worship and used for conferences.  more »
  • Like so many other buildings in Lisbon, the exteriors often belie a stunning interior. The National Pantheon is no exception. In fact, the very first time, I passed by it, I thought it was just...  more »
  • Beautiful building. We came across it by chance and had to go visit. Did not regret it at all. You pay a couple euros and enter. The architecture is beautiful. Its definitely worth the walk up the stairs to see the view at the top. Took some really nice pictures as well.
  • Amazing building, used to be a church and you can see how much work had been done to build it. You can go around the building in different level inside and outside and have a good view of the building as well as the beautiful Lisbon.

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