In the 20th century, the Church of Santa Engrácia was converted into the national pantheon, in which important Portuguese personalities are buried.
The first stone of the present building was placed in 1682; it was the first baroque-style building in the country. The work lasted so long that it gave rise to the popular expression “works of Santa Engrácia” to designate something that never ends. It took 284 years to complete the church, finally finished in the year 1966.
Inside you will find the interior paved in colored marble, and outside you can’t miss the giant dome. There is a terrace at the top—you only have to climb 187 steps—but then you can enjoy the wonderful view over the river and the city itself.
Among the illustrious personages buried here is the famous fado singer Amália Rodrigues.
Sundays and public holidays are free until 2pm.
To get there, take Bus 734 (at Martim Moniz) or Tram 28.