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Se de Lisboa ( Igreja de Santa Maria Maior )

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Address: Largo da Se, Lisbon 1100-585, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 21 886 6752
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Cathedral Se, a large fortress begun in 1150 A.D. by Afonso Henriques, is...

Cathedral Se, a large fortress begun in 1150 A.D. by Afonso Henriques, is the burial place for Lisbon's patron saint, St. Anthony.

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A Cathedral with a rich history

Though a bit dark inside, this really nice Romanesque Cathedral is definitely worth a visit, especially to understand the religious history of Lisbon. Probably used as a mosque... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Vicenza, Italy

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Vicenza, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Though a bit dark inside, this really nice Romanesque Cathedral is definitely worth a visit, especially to understand the religious history of Lisbon. Probably used as a mosque during the Moorish rule, it was later transformed into a church when the Portuguese recaptured the city. Particularly nice is the Gothic cloister (2€) with an interesting excavation showing the arab and... More 

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Slovakia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very strange location for such an important cathedral, indeed. From the outside it has a look of a fortified citadel, very strict in its appearance. The interior is dark and humble in its decoration. This is what I personally prefer, not those overwhelmingly and distractively decorated churches full of gold and gems. Here, the richness of the past is really... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had more expectations as the art lover but not totally disappointed.On the tram #28 route, which is pretty convenient in this hilly area.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a nice cathedral but not as wonderful as the Mosteiro of Jeronimos. If you are in Alfama anyway, this is one of the places to have on your bucket list.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a big building but, as many churches in Portugal, not incredibly ornate. It's the cathedral but I don't see it having the same historical significance as the Jeronimos Monastery and I wouldn't make a trip up the hill just to see this. If you're there go ahead and check out the small Roman ruins at the underground public bathrooms... More 

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British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As we were staying not far up the road we passed this beautiful cathedral almost on a daily basis. It is well worth popping inside to have a look. I noticed that the Tuk Tuks park in large numbers in front of the building if you are interested in using this as a departure point.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here on my way to the castle. It is a beautiful well kept church on the hill. A little Notre Dame like on the outside and beautiful inside.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Really majestic. A must see. On the tram 28 route. Make sure you take a walk around Alfama as well if you go visit the cathedral.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

The stunning and imposing Sé Cathedral officially referred to as Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa (Patriarchal Cathedral of Saint Mary Major), is Lisbon's oldest place of worship and certainly the most important religious building in the city. The cathedral stands as a testimony to the history of Portugal and since its construction in 1147, and over time has absorbed expression... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

This cathedral is a 'must see'. It is truly magnificent and contains a section with the remains of a Roman town. The interior is grand and there are many interesting rooms with artefacts, tombs and papal hats and garments encrusted with jewels. You need to spend at least an hour here.

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A pending candidate to become a World Heritage Site, Lisbon's downtown (the "Baixa Pombalina", or simply "Baixa") is a perfect example of anti-earthquake construction, having been rebuilt following the 1755 earthquake by the famous Marquês de Pombal (hence its name). Its offer is vast: restaurants and cafes in Rossio and Restauradores, outlets and shops in the Áurea, Augusta, Prata and other famous streets, the imponent Praça do Comércio and its Arch, the luxury shops along the Avenida da Liberdade, this is the beating heart of the city center. The Baixa also grants easy access to trains leading to Sintra, the trams that go around the Castle hill, old neighborhoods or even take you to Belém, and Lisbon's traditional restaurants and cafes. Considering a visit to the Fashion and Design Museum (free entrance) and don't forget to try the famous liquor, "ginjinha"!