Lisbon Architecture: Basilica Of Our Lady Of The Martyrs

Basílica de Nossa Senhora dos Mártires

The Basilica of Our Lady of the Martyrs is a perfect example of the Pombal era's religious buildings erected after the 18th-century earthquake in Lisbon.

The basilica (Basílica de Nossa Senhora dos Mártires) was built in the Late Baroque and Neoclassical style according to the design by the Portuguese architect Manuel Reinaldo dos Santos. Only the best materials used in the construction of the building: stone, marble, wood, and hardware.

Inside eight side chapels frame the single-nave Roman Catholic temple, lined with marble and numerous statues and paintings. The harmonious interior has baroque features with an unusual but impressive ornate green ceiling.

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Basílica de Nossa Senhora dos Mártires
The facade of the basilica


From the back of the church, we can admire the beautiful ceiling, a painting by the Portuguese painter Pedro Alexandrino de Carvalho. 

Basílica de Nossa Senhora dos Mártires
Ceiling frescoes by the Portuguese painter Pedro Alexandrino

Basílica de Nossa Senhora dos Mártires
Organ

Basílica de Nossa Senhora dos Mártires
Interior of the basilica

Basílica de Nossa Senhora dos Mártires
High altar


When I enter a church, I always look at the altar and the ceiling, because in the latter case, they are real works of art. It is impressive how people used to work years ago.

How to Visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Martyrs

Address: 
Rua Serpa Pinto, 10D, 1200-445 Lisbon

Transportation:
Metro (lines Az, Vd): Baixa-Chiado
Tram (line 28): Chiado

Opening hours: 
Mon to Fri 9 am-7 pm, Sat and Sun 10 am-7.30 pm

Price: 
Free

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Located in the elegant Chiado district, the basilica is a must-see monument. The visit can start at the baptistery on the left side of the church as one enters it. 

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