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  • Experience breathtaking views of Lisbon from atop the Basilica da Estrela. Built in the second half of the 18th century, the basilica has a huge rococo dome where visitors can look out on the sprawling city. Queen Maria I constructed the basilica to give thanks to God for the birth of her son. The interior is covered in polychrome marbles and paintings. Queen Maria’s elaborate Empire-style tomb is also inside and decorated with a remarkable baroque nativity scene with over 500 terracotta and cork images. It is Portugal's largest nativity scene and was created by Portuguese sculptor Joaquim Machado de Castro.

  • Enjoy a ride through the hills of Lisbon on the Bica Funicular. Sprawling up out of the Tagus riverbed, Lisbon is a notoriously hilly city. The Bica Funicular was built in June 1892 to help residents conquer one of the steeper hills in the city that led up to the popular Bairro Alto district. The funicular originally operated using a water counterbalancing system, where water would be loaded into the car at the top of the hill until it was heavy enough to descend and pull up the other car at the bottom of the hill.

  • Admire the Chafariz das Janelas Verdes and Chafariz da Esperança, two of Lisbon’s most exquisite public fountains. Located near As Janelas Verdes, these fountains were connected to Águas Livres Aqueduct, one of the most remarkable examples of 18th-century Portuguese engineering, that was constructed to bring water to the city.

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