Basílica dos Mártires

Basílica dos Mártires, Lisbon: Address, Basílica dos Mártires Reviews: 4/5

Basílica dos Mártires
Points of Interest & Landmarks
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The area
Neighbourhood: Chiado & Carmo
The traditionally trendy "Chiado" (literally, "squeak", the nickname of a 16th century poet) offers plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars where you can stop for a cafe or cocktail, after exploring its streets, shops, art galleries, theaters, museums and viewpoints. It's also the home to the statue of the famous statue of portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, having is usual espresso at "A Brasileira" as he used to. You can also enjoy breathtaking views of Lisbon from the Elevador de Santa Justa or the Carmo Convent, for example. A commercial neighborhood at its core, especially for its Garrett and Carmo streets, Chiado is to this day a mandatory visit in Lisbon.
How to get there
  • Baixa/Chiado • 4 min walk
  • Cais do Sodré • 6 min walk
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75 reviews
Very good

Lenexa, KS473 contributions
Style all its own
Feb 2020
Unique basilica that was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1755. Of note is how the Virgin Mary is highlighted front and center, with the parish started (in 1147) in memory of the Christian soldiers defending the faith. There is also a side alter of the Lady of Fatima with Jacinta and Francisco.
Written 5 March 2020
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Miami, FL2 092 contributions
Nov 2019
Simply a beautiful Church built-in 1147, check out all the details on their walls. I was shocked by how it was so well preserved and so nice at the same time.

It is amazing how people used to work years ago.

As soon as I walked in I felt so at peace and I loved it.

Written 4 December 2019
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Neri Infante
Rio de Janeiro, RJ361 contributions
Beautiful church with extraordinary decorated ceiling
May 2019 • Couples
Located in the heart of Chiado, this is the first of the three churches as you climb Rua Garrett. It has a beautiful ceiling and main altar. Well worth a visit.
Written 23 May 2019
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Peter C
Island of Malta, Malta1 837 contributions
Beautiful Basilica
Mar 2019 • Friends
The Basilica of Our Lady of the Martyrs is Catholic church with baroque and neoclassical style architecture. It has a very beautiful interior and painted ceiling. It is named in memory of all soldiers who died defending the Christian faith.
Written 24 March 2019
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Terence C
Cushing, ME10 contributions
The Start of Camino Portugues Pilgrimage
Nov 2018 • Solo
This is where I started my pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela on the lesser traveled Portuguese Route. This is from the book I wrote about my spiritual journey called "Portuguese Camino - In Search of the Infinite Moment".

I was at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Martyrs in the trendy Baixa-Chiado
section of Lisbon, attempting to get my first stamp, or “carimbo,” for my pilgrim
credential book. It would be the second time in two years that I would start out on a personal quest to conquer the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, which ends in northwest Spain at the tomb of Saint James the Apostle. I would be traveling in February and March, when the Camino has a tenth as many pilgrims as it does during the busy summer months. I took my first pilgrimage one year before along the Route Francés, walking due west across the entire breadth of northern Spain. I had started in Basque Country atop the Pyrenees mountains, and it took me forty-eight days to complete the grueling five-hundred miles that the guide book says to complete in thirty-three days. I called my first book Slow Camino.
I had arrived in Lisbon a year later with a decidedly Zen approach to tackling Christianity’s most important pilgrimage. This time I would be traveling due north to Santiago de Compostela along the less-traveled Portuguese route. I had learned to Chi walk, finding that slowing down the pace and walking with correctly balanced alignment would allow me to walk more hours each day. I tried not to aggressively push myself with my extremities; instead I tried to pull my body along from the core. According to Chi-walking proponents, it is not poor muscle strength but poor muscle alignment that makes you tired. The repetition of taking one step after another was my gateway for silent meditation, in the same way that Yogic breathing and the repetition of chanting a mantra will induce a state of meditation. On my first Camino I had learned to experience what I called the “infinite moment,” in which I no longer spent time dwelling on the regrets of the past or dreaming of the promise of the future. I had read Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now and found that I had shifted my awareness to being more mindful in the present moment. On this second Camino, I was in better physical shape, I had studied Portuguese language tapes, I had assembled a lighter backpack, and I had become more adept at finding the best places to stay and the best regional food restaurants at which to eat.
The Basílica dos Mártires was finished in 1784, twenty-nine years after the earthquake. The most beautiful thing about the baroque church, among the many beautiful things it possesses, is the magnificent fresco ceiling painted by Pedro Alexandro de Carvalho. The scenes depict the victory by Afonso Henriques over the Moors in 1147, and the church was dedicated to the crusaders who died “as martyrs” for their religion. Soon thereafter, Afonso was crowned the first King of Portugal.
I ambled over to the rear corner of the Basilica, where I lit one of the votive candles and reflected on how the Camino acts as a giant reset button in a life. After thirty years of marriage, I had gotten divorced and sold my alpaca farm—a personal tsunami that washed away a loved partner, a best friend, her family, and our dream farm in Maine just seven months before I made my first Camino. I reflected on the irony that this tsunami had also freed me to make my first pilgrimage: I was no longer tied down to a farm where I had to take care of thirty alpacas and a farm store. If my first Camino was largely about sorting through the rubble left behind by the quake that rocked my life, then this second Portuguese Camino was about beginning to rebuild, just as the people of Lisbon rebuilt this basílica after the Great Earthquake. Like the country of Portugal, I too had not fully recovered from my personal apocalypse. I looked at the flicker of the candle, and I hoped for mindfulness and balance in my life. I hoped for healing on my Camino as I lit a second fat candle.
I always felt more Catholic when I visited one of these stately Basilicas or magnificent Cathedrals in Spain and in Portugal. While I was raised Irish-Catholic, attending Portsmouth Abbey, a boarding school in Rhode Island run by Benedictine monks, I lost my faith when I was in college at Yale. As a “cultural Catholic,” I felt the resonance of the icons and rituals as well as the narratives every time I stepped into a Catholic church.
Written 17 December 2018
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Linda B
Raleigh, NC2 203 contributions
Another beautiful church
Apr 2018 • Solo
I happened to pass by it on my way to somewhere else. I always need to make a stop inside to see how different the interior may be from the others in the city. If you're in the area, it is worth a stop.
Written 28 June 2018
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Susan T
Coronado, CA29 contributions
bella basilica
Aug 2017
Beautiful basilica worth the visit. A must see in the middle of Lisbon. The area around it has great cafes and restaurants.
Written 1 May 2018
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Don P
Dallas, TX14 494 contributions
Small pretty church in Chiado built in a Baroque style
Mar 2018 • Couples
This is a small pretty church with an ornate painted ceiling. It was built in the Barque style. If you are nearby it is worth stopping to enjoy the pretty interior. This church holds religious services so dress modestly and no flash photography during services. Men remove their hats.
Written 22 April 2018
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA11 150 contributions
Painted Ceiling
Nov 2017 • Solo
The most impressive feature to my eye is the painted ceiling, which is quite lovely. Otherwise another baroque church, impressive scale as it probably just serves a neighborhood.
Written 1 November 2017
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Yo Giacomo
Dana Point, CA2 769 contributions
Very nice
Aug 2017 • Couples
Not large, but very much worth a visit. Excellent art and simple but clean alter and a ceiling that is excellent.
Written 15 August 2017
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