Se Cathedral

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Largo da Sé, Lisbon, Portugal
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Johnpro Johnpro
208 reviews
Lisbon's oldest building ! Mar 06, 2011
Lisbon's ancient cathedral was built by Portugal's first king on the site of an old mosque in 1150 for the city's first bishop, the English crusader Gilbert of Hastings.

From outside (with two bell towers and a splendid rose window) it resembles a medieval fortress, while inside it appears predominantly Romanesque, with a Gothic choir and ambulatory.

At the entrance, to the left, is a baptismal font used in 1195 to baptize Saint Anthony who was born nearby, and in the first chapel on the left is a beautifully detailed nativity scene.

In the 14th century cloisters, in what were once the gardens, there have been excavations which have revealed Roman and Visigothic remains as well as parts of the former mosque wall.

In the sacristy is the cathedral treasury with numerous sacred objects, the most important being the casket containing the remains of St. Vincent, the official patron saint of Lisbon.

Very easy access to Lisbon Cathedral just to walk up from Baixa or catch the famous Tram 28 !

Some photos to have a lokk !
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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Stunning cathedral Dec 02, 2010
Se Cathedral is a wonderfully impressive building. Founded in the twelfth century, it serves as the capital’s oldest church.

For any architect, the cathedral is either a nightmare or a wonderful amalgamation of different styles. For example, from the outside, the cathedral looks like some kind of fortress. There are also Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles that all prevail within the building in some shape or form.

I thought that the altar was impressive and the gothic vaults were just amazing to look at. Near the entrance, there is this wonderful baptism font and tile work which shows the baptism of Christ.

Entrance is free to nearly every part of the cathedral. However, there is a small fee of several euros should you wish to visit the gothic cloisters.

As an iconic building for the city and its Catholic faith, the cathedral must be one of the top things to see in Lisbon. Highly recommended.
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