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Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra)

Coimbra, Portugal
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Ranked #7 of 38 attractions in Coimbra
Type: Religious Sites
Traveler Description: Old Cathedral The Old Cathedral is located at Largo Sé Velha. In Portuguese it is called the Se Velha and it is one of the most important Romanesque... more »
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London, United Kingdom
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194 reviews 194 reviews
114 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

With it's crenelated, almost castle like appearance, this is a stunning bit of architecture hidden in the centre of the old town and well worth spending a little while looking round. The beautifully peaceful cloister is a lovely sun trap as well as being an oasis of calm

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Virginia
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

We are devotees of Romanesque art, so loved seeing the Romanesque tower and some other Romanesque features in this lovely cathedral half-way down the hill from the University.

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Dublin, Tipperary, Ireland
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

It is one of the most important Roman Catholic buildings in Portugal. You will need to climb so many steps to be there, in the top of the hill, but will worth the visit.

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Toronto, Canada
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

The exterior doesn't give you any indication of the beautiful carvings and sculpture that await inside. The height of the ceiling and surrounding art is well worth the visit.

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London
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Grea atmosphere and worth a look around, great high alter piece. Dress appropriate not to upset locals.

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Wroclaw, Poland
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Fantastic example of the church of Roman style, not messed up with baroque, there are not so many of such churches in the world, the visit costs 2 euro but it is absolutely worth this money. Very beautiful altar. Cloister is built in gothic and it is easy to see the difference between two styles.

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36 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

A remarkably beautiful Romanesque church with a lovely cloister off to the side. The stone of the portals is worn but of a golden cast. The interior times, as in so many other Portuguese churches, are magnificent. The main altar and the two side alters warrant a close look. There is a 2 euro charge (going to the restoration of... More

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Downers Grove
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Beautiful structure -- not like the "over-the-top" cathedrals in Spain, but well worth the visit. Wear good walking shoes -- the streets are all cobbled!

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Porto, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

An amazing Cathedral, the architecture is just beautiful. They´re doing a great job restoring the old paintings.

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sao paulo
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

This is a good exemplary of Medieval Church, so well maintained as well as the streetas around. Don't miss a visit!

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