Royal Destination: National Pantheon in Lisbon, Portugal

One of the most amazing monuments in Lisbon, Portugal is the National Pantheon
or the Church of Santa Engrácia.

National Pantheon - Lisbon - Portugal


Some Royal History

The original church was sponsored by Infanta Maria of Portugal, Duchess of Viseu.
She was the daughter of King Manuel I of Portugal.



Maria of Portugal, Duchess of Viseu
Source: picture


In 1681 the construction of the current church began after previous structures
collapsed.

Small National Panteon - Lisbon - Portugal


The design was made by João Antunes, the royal architect and one of the most
important baroque architects of Portugal.

Dome of the National Pantheon in Lisbon - Portugal


In 1916, during the First Portuguese Republic, the Church of Santa Engrácia
was converted into a National Pantheon. It was compleded in 1966. There are
a few important monuments for famous Portuguese people:

buried:
- Amália Rodrigues (fado singer);
- Eusébio (football player)

cenotaphs:
- Pedro Álvares Cabral;
- Vasco da Gama;
- Henry the Navigator.

cenotaph of Vasco da Gama - National Pantheon - Lisbon - Portugal


The design

The church has a centralised floorplan with a Greek Cross shape. The façade was
ornated with Baroque designs. There also is a high central dome which was
finished in the 20th. century.

inside the National Pantheon - Lisbon  - Portugal

A visit

My husband and I visited the National Pantheon in Lisbon, Portugal in 2016. It is
one of the largest and most impressing monuments of the city. So it is really
worth to pay a visit. The rooftop of National Pantheon has an amazing view
over Lisbon. It also is nice that Portugal treasures its heritage. 

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