National Pantheon of Santa Engracia
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National Pantheon of Santa Engracia

Welcome to the National Pantheon of Santa Engrácia, a majestic architectural marvel nestled in the heart of Lisbon. Originally constructed as a church in the 17th century, this iconic monument was converted into a pantheon in the 20th century. Its impressive dome, one of the largest in the world, dominates the city skyline and serves as a symbol of Portugal's rich cultural heritage.

Within its walls, visitors can explore the final resting place of some of Portugal's most distinguished figures, including presidents, writers, and public figures, commemorated for their significant contributions to the nation's history. As you wander through the elegant interior adorned with intricate marble sculptures and ornate decorations, you'll be transported through centuries of Portuguese history and tradition.

From the rooftop terrace, enjoy panoramic views of Lisbon's historic Alfama district and the picturesque Tagus River, offering a breathtaking backdrop to your visit. Whether you're a history enthusiast, an architecture buff, or simply seeking a memorable cultural experience, the National Pantheon of Santa Engrácia invites you to discover the storied legacy of Portugal in a truly remarkable setting. Plan your visit today and immerse yourself in the grandeur of this iconic landmark.

National Pantheon: Skip the line tickets

National Pantheon

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• The price includes a single entrance to the venue. Tiqets covers the cost of payment processing and provides you with customer service seven days a week.

• It is strictly forbidden to eat and smoke inside the pantheon

Tuesday – Sunday: 10h00 - 17h00, Monday: CLOSED (last admission at 16h30)

• Combination Tickets Available…


National Pantheon (Panteão Nacional

National Pantheon (Panteão Nacional) - Marble Interior

The original church was established in the second half of the 16th century, only to be completely reconstructed at the end of the 17th century. The original Santa Engracia church was commissioned by the Infanta Maria de Portugal (1521–1577) in 1570. On the 15th of January 1630, the interior of the church was desecrated; religious artefacts were vandalised, items were stolen and significant damage was inflicted to the interior of the church. As was common at the time the fingers were pointed squarely at the Jewish community, most notably Simon Solis, a member of the so-called "New Christian" population. Despite having a solid alibi, Simon was found guilty and burned at the stake. According to legend, prior to his execution, he cursed the church. He predicted the restoration work will never be completed as retribution by God for punishing an innocent man.

The newer edifice was designed by architect João Antunes (1642-1712) in the Baroque style with an octagonal floor plan centred on a Greek cross. Inspiration for the multi-coloured marble-clad interior is believed to have come from Peruzzi's design for St. Peter's basilica in Rome. In 1681 during the reconstruction project was paused whilst awaiting funds, the unsupported chapel collapsed bringing most of the structure crashing to the ground. Work resumed five years later only to come to a halt again following Antunes' death and the church remained unconsecrated. Further delays occurred over the next two centuries due to successive wars sapping the country's finances. The synonym "Obras de Santa Engrácia" became common use in the Portuguese language for work left unfinished.
The Igreja de Santa Engrácia offically became the National Pantheon (Panteão Nacional) in 1916. It is now the final resting place of famous Portuguese people including various Presidents of the Republic: Manuel de Arriaga (1840-1917), Teófilo Braga (1843-1924), Óscar Carmona (1869-1951) and Sidónio Pais (1872-1918).

Here too are Humberto Delgado (1906-1965), a former right-wing general who tried to overthrow the dictatorship of the New State before he was assisinaed, writers João de Deus (1830-1896), Almeida Garrett (1799-1854), Guerra Junqueiro (1850-1923), Aquilino Ribeiro (1885-1963) and Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen (1919-2004), Amália Rodrigues (1799-1854), the famous fado singer, and Benfica soccer star Eusébio (1942-2014).

There are memorials for other Portuguese digintaries: Afonso de Albuquerque (c. 1453-1515), Pedro Álvares Cabral (c. 1467-1520), Luís de Camões (c. 1524-1580), Nuno Álvares Pereira (1360-1431), Vasco da Gama (c. 1460-1524) and Henry the Navigator (1394-1460).

Ongoing concerns about the ability of the church to support such an ambitious dome came to rest finally following the 1910 revolution. The completion of the National Pantheon became a symbol of national pride and the dome was finally finished in 1966. Today it is a distinct landmark in the Alfama. The terrace under the dome offers 360º views across Lisbon and the riverside.

Tuesday – Sunday: 10h00 - 17h00, Monday: CLOSED (last admission at 16h30)

Adult: €3.00, Concessionary: €1,50, Lisbon Card Lisbon Card: FREE
National Pantheon (Panteão Nacional)

National Pantheon (Panteão Nacional)

>Feira da Ladra flea market

Feira da Ladra flea market

Getting to the National Pantheon (Panteão Nacional)

712, 734, 735, 704, 745, 759, 781, 782 | 28E
Santo Apolonia (Blue line)

Contact Details
Panteão Nacional – Igreja de Santa Engrácia, 1100 - 47, Lisbon, Portugal.
38° 42' 53.2" N | 09° 07' 29.9" W | +351 218 854 820

Feira da Ladra flea market

Just in front of the Pantheon is Campo de Santa Clara square. There's been a market held here since medieval times. Now it's held every Tuesday and Saturday, from 09h00 – 18h00. The small stalls and traders sell all sorts of brick-a-brack, new and second-hand goods, crafts, antiques and collectable items. The market is well worth a mooch-around when combined with a visit to the Pantheon. In the Botto Machado Gardens next to the market there's a great little kiosk where you can grab a simple lunch, a cold beer and people watch.