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
In 1681 the construction of the current church began after previous structures
|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:
- Amália Rodrigues (fado singer);
- Eusébio (football player)
- Pedro Álvares Cabral;
- Vasco da Gama;
- Henry the Navigator.
|cenotaph of Vasco da Gama - National Pantheon - Lisbon - Portugal|
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|
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.