8 days in Portugal-5-11 to 5/18/2022

Day 1-Lisbon

Arrival/Igreja Sao Cristovao
Praça da Figueira, Confeitaria
Praça de Comércio
Streets in Baixa and Alfama
Dinner at Farol De Santa Luzia

Day 2-Lisbon
Lisbon Cathedral
Church De Sao Vincente de Fora
Lisbon National Pantheon
Lunch at Time Out Market
Walking around
Dinner at Boi-Cavalo

Day 3-Lisbon
Belém Tower
Upper level
Jeronimos Monastery
Upper level/High Choir
Church of Santa Maria
Dinner at Basque

Day 4-Faro
Old town
Old town continuation
Church of San Pedro
Dinner at Villa Adentro

Day 5-Faro/Albufeira

Farmer Market
Sao Rafael Beach
Lunch at Rocha Palha
Old town, Albufeira
Stoll in Faro
Dinner at Pigs & Cows

Day 6-Faro

Ria Formosa

Desert Island

Desert island cont'


Faro Island

Dinner/Faro @ night

Day 7-Beja/Lisbon

Beja Castle

Beja Cathedral

Lunch-Adega 25


Bairro Alto, Lisbon


Day 8-Peniche/Lisbon

Surf beach

Old town

lunch @ Sardinha

Coast line

Dinner @ Ramiro

Lisbon at night

Day 2- Lisbon National Pantheon-5/12/2022

The National Pantheon, housing the tombs of Portugal’s major historic celebrities, is located on the original site of the church of Santa Engrácia. Founded in the second half of the 16th century, the building was totally rebuilt at the end of the 17th century by the architect João Antunes. Even though it was never used as a place of worship, it still preserves, under its modern dome, a majestic nave with a polychrome marble decoration typical of the Portuguese Baroque architecture. Being an icon of Lisbon’s cityscape and having a privileged location, as it overlooks the city’s historic center and the river Tagus, it is listed as a National Monument.

The current building of the Lisbon National Pantheon was begun in the 17th century and only completed in the 20th century.

Situated in the Alfama district of Lisbon, the massive white dome is a prominent and easily identifiable feature of the city’s eastern skyline.


 View from the front of the Pantheon.


The Pantheon is a Portuguese National Monument since 1910 and it is a unique example of Baroque style in Portugal.


It was a church of Santa Engracia when it was built in 1682, but became the National Pantheon in 1916.


The entrance to the church is done through a beautiful baroque portal with the coat-of-arms of Portugal held by two angels.


The main façade has an entrance hall (galilee) and three niches with statues.




This is the first thing you see when you stepped inside.  It is so beautiful!


The Church has a high central dome which was completed only in the 20th century.


Buying tickets to get in.  Cost is 4 Euros per person.


We are going up to the Upper Choir and the terrace.


View from the upper choir looking down at the floor.


Architect, João Antunes prepared an ingenious design for Santa Engrácia, never before attempted in Portugal. The church was built on a octagonal floor plan centered on a Greek cross shape.

Each wing of the cross is equal in length.


The floor and walls are decorated with baroque, polychromed patterns of marble. The magnificent 18th-century baroque organ was brought from Lisbon Cathedral.


The color and pattern of the marbled floor are simply amazing and so striking.


There is no statuary in this ex-church, and the central feature is the high altar which is the 18th century organ that came from the Lisbon Cathedral which we just visited this morning.


The high altar in the center.


Closer look at the high Altar.


The interior was inspired by St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and is covered by polished multicolored marble. 


The symmetrical design can be viewed from the balcony high above. 


Stairways around the dome.


View of the central dome.


Simply gorgeous.


Through a small exit door leading to an outdoor balcony/terrace with a 360 degrees view of the city.


View of rooftops below the Pantheon and the Tagus River.


I moved around to get as many views of the city.





View of the dome from the outside and we are now going to the first floor.


We are on the first floor now admiring the amazingly beautiful colored marble floor.


This is the cenotaph with 3 tombs: Vasco Da Gama, Afonso de Albuquerque and Nuno Alvares Pereira.


Vasco De Gama 1469-1524

The famous Portuguese Navigator that would discover the sea route to India.


Nuno Alvares Pereira 1360-1431

A knight at the court of King Joal, he became famous for his part in the Portuguese Victory at the battle of Aljubarroto.



More view of the dome from the 1st floor before leaving the place.


It is around lunch time now and we are waiting for our Uber driver to pick us up and to drive us to the TimeOut Market.



NEXT... Lunch at Time Out Market





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