Largo da Sé Velha 3000 Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
239 825 273
Old Cathedral Coimbra Reviews
Nice, interesting cathedral Nov 29, 2010
Although construction began in the twelfth century, this cathedral saw many modifications during the sixteenth century, much of which defines the present building most strongly when you see it.
I really liked the sheer diversity of items within the cathedral. For example, some of the tiles are from the Moors of Seville, and there are these two wonderful Tridcama shells near the entrance which are from the Indian Ocean.
The altar is imposing and nicely decorated, and many of the chapels deserve a decent look.
Photography is allowed, but not flash photography. Entrance fee is 2 euros and worth the money in my opinion. It's a shame that the gardens were not accessible at the time I visited, as I imagine these would be quite nice.
The cathedral also provides a free outline of the church with some basic information; these are available in Portuguese and English at least.
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