The National Pantheon never made it onto my lists of things to see and do in Lisbon. I only visited it because I was practically on its doorstep after visiting the São Vicente da Fora Monastery (another pleasant surprise) and thought I might as well pop in.
To say it’s impressive is a serious understatement, especially if you like inlaid marble patterns and domed ceilings. Classical music plays in the background and echoes of conversations reverberate around the enormous building. I can imagine how powerful the sound must be when they have choirs singing.
The former church of Santa Engrácia is a suitably grand resting place for the likes of Amália Rodrigues, the much-loved Queen of Fado who is still greatly missed if the flowers surrounding her tomb are anything to go by.