Panteao Nacional
Panteao Nacional
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The construction of the church of Saint Engracia – currently the National Pantheon of Portugal - began towards the end of the 16th century and was only completed in the 20th century. This 400-year delay originated the proverb “Obras de Santa Engracia” meaning any work that never ends. A unique testimony to Portuguese Baroque art the National Pantheon stands on a hill overlooking the river Tagus being an icon of Lisbon’s cityscape. From its terrace you can have a majestic view of the city and its river. On the inside the Pantheon houses the remains of some of the most distinguished personalities of the country.
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  • Michael K
    San Jose, California1,103 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awe inspiring interior with a challenging hike to the rooftop
    This domed structure is quite impressive on the outside. Inside it is even more awe inspiring as it is over four stories high capped by the huge dome on top. Of course this means climbing to the rooftop involves a lot of stairs. When you reach the top of the stairs, you can walk around on the inside of the dome, with just a metal railing separating you and the ground below. This is not for people who has a fear of heights. The view on the outside on the rooftop is just so-so, with mostly views of tiled roofs.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 16, 2023
  • dan j
    Port Coquitlam, Canada810 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Architecture
    The Panteao Nacional is located directly behind the Monastery S. Vincente De Fora. It is an impressive building with a beautiful interior. It is worth a visit and there are bus routes and tram #28 passes nearby.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 8, 2023
  • Robert L
    Breda, The Netherlands816 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A tour through the Hall of Portugese Heroes.
    A place worth visiting. Many famous Portugese heroes have their last resting place here, among them Vasco da Gamma. Beautyfull church in the old Alfama area of Lisbon. From the top a great view over Alfama and the river
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 28, 2024
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howiet1971
Swindon, UK1,706 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
With an amazing dome, stunning flooring, the graves of singers, footballers, discoverers etc, this is a place definitely worth a visit. You can walk around the dome (terrifying) and there are great views from the roof top. A must see.
Written February 28, 2020
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Malgorzata
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
It is located in the old Church of Santa Engracia. A baroque church built on a Greek cross plan with a beautiful dome topped with a lantern. Situated on one of the Alfama Hills. In 1916 it was transformed into the National Pantheon. Its interior is dominated by arches and the floor and the walls of the church are decorated with marble structures of various colors. The resting place of presidents, writers, the famous fado performer Amalia Rodriguez and symbolic tombs of famous personalities, including sailors-explorers. Football lovers should bow their heads at the Eusebio sarcophagus. It is worth going up the steep stairs to the dome gallery and enjoy the beauty of Lisbon as seen from above. A beautiful place that gives you a sense of grandeur and serenity . The staff is very nice and polite. It is worth visiting this place.
Written January 29, 2021
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starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada4,600 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
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 another monolithic government office.

However, I was in for a terrific surprise! More out of idle curiosity than out of specific intent, I decided to check it out this morning. Wow! The interior is nothing short of stunning!

For those who are in good physical condition, it’s well worth the climb up to the roof terrace. Great 360-degree views of the city, but even better, terrific views looking down into the main gallery. (Maybe not for those who are uncomfortable with heights though.)

Hours:
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Tuesdays to Sundays.
Closed on Mondays.

Getting there:
There are several ways of getting there, depending on your starting point.
Probably easiest for most visitors just to hop on the 28E Tram.
Or, take the metro to Santa Apolónia metro station then walk up - takes less than 10 minutes. (Probably a good idea to wear sturdy shoes, given the steep incline and the uneven surface of cobblestoned lanes.)
Written August 7, 2021
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Steviefull
Kidderminster, UK1,944 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Unfortunately as we arrived there were signs up saying there was an event at the Pantheon which judging by the group outside was a concert of some description.

The building is set in a square and towers over the surrounding buildings and is visible from all over the city.

A shame we didn't get to see the inside or the view from the top but still worth the brief visit with the flea market in the surrounding streets adding to the experience.
Written July 12, 2022
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WanderingOttersons
Denver, CO1,471 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Inside and out this is a beautiful building. Inside, though is much more of a wow factor for sure. It does not require a lot of time or money (4 Euros per adult most days, free on Sunday before 2pm) but it's definitely worth the short trip. The views from the roof are not bad either.
Written December 25, 2021
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WorldTravellerSoon
Canada378 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We planned to go to Feira da Ladra, National Pantheon, St Vincent Church, St George Castle and Lisbon Cathedral on a single day. It didn't work on one day :)

We came to National Pantheon after we visited the flea market. The entrance fee was 5 Euro. It is a bit expensive as I thought it was a church and it should be free of charge. It is no longer used as a worship place. Nevertheless it is worthwhile to see the interior and go to the terrace to see the city. You are not allowed to take picture until you pay the entrance fee.

The interior of the building is stunning with lots of amazing design and stone work. The floor the building is made of stone / marble. It has a symmetrical design and many people put their smart phones on the center of the floor to take pictures. We were the same.

We climbed a lot of stairs to the gallery and tried to walk around to see the interior. However, my knees felt weak because of the height. I walked about 1/3 around the circle and had to give up. We walked around the terrace several times for the panoramic view of the city. It is worth every penny of the entrance fee.
Written April 29, 2022
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Reen_Depo
176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Beautiful building! Please take the time to visit, you won't regret it. A little bit of history, beautiful architecture and design, incredible 360 view from the top. The view alone is worth it. Sit up there for a while and enjoy the air. Keep in mind, there are a lot of stairs and it is colder/windy at the top so take the time to snap some pics on each floor if you need the rest and maybe bring a scarf or sweater.
Written December 2, 2022
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Beth A
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We stopped by here on our last day in Lisbon, and it costs 4 euros each to get in as an adult. There are many famous Portuguese people buried here with lots of historical information to read. The views from the top are spectacular but if you are afraid of heights note it’s a one way system down once at the very top, to get back down you have to walk around part of the inner dome
Written June 21, 2022
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Lucy F
Cambridge, UK242 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Wasn’t expecting too much, but actually found it incredible. Looking down from the top of the dome was scary but very cool, and the views from the roof were also incredible. Interesting information about its history as well. Wish the exhibition on the Paris and Lisbon pantheons was in English as well!
Written June 13, 2022
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The National Pantheon is set beneath the historic Alfama hill, on the opposite slope from downtown. It's huge classic Baroque dome is visible from many parts of Lisbon.
The Pantheon is in fact the Church of Santa Engratia which was started as early as 16c by orders of Princess Maria, daughter of King Manuel.
However, it was finished only in 20 c and saw a very turbulent history - the first Church collapsed, then the main architect of the second Church died leaving it unfinished, then it was converted into barracks and arms factory when religion was banned in 19c. Finally it was finished in early 20c becoming a National Pantheon.
Famous figures of Portugal modern history are buried here, whose tombs you can visit in side rooms, while historic figures from discoveries period have their cenotaphs here in the main hall, but are buried elsewhere.
Interiors are really amazing, very rich all in marble.
Do climb the Dome - great views of those interiors from above, and then exit outside on the terrace to admire Lisbon and Tagus river views.
Written July 4, 2022
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