Lisbon, Portugal

Basilica da Estrela, Lisbon, Portugal

This massive church in a mix of Baroque and neo-Classical styles was built on the orders of Queen Mary I as thanks for the birth of her son, Jose. Construction began in 1779 and was completed in 1790 – Jose, though, had died of smallpox in 1788.

At that time the Basilica was on the western edges of Lisbon and was designed to be seen from afar by those travelling into the city. It’s massive dome and twin towers, even today, are visible from many areas in the west of Lisbon.

Queen Mary I is buried here. Also inside is a famous cork and terracotta nativity scene sculpted by Joaquim Machado de Castro.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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