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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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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: 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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The oldest church in Lisbon

On our way back to the cruise ship, we still had time, so we decided to visit this oldest church in Lisbon. It’s a solid massive construction. It’s very interesting - the church... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 7, 2015
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Monmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Quietly deceptive, nestled quietly on the hill, the cathedral is easily reached by foot or by tram. It has almost tardis like qualities as it's much bigger inside than it appears from the street. It really is one of the simplest and most serene cathedrals that I have ever had the pleasure of visiting and if in Lisbon I shall... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

It is one of the icons of Lisbon. It has an old, perhaps ancient, historical background. Nicer from the outside.

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Cologne, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We passed by Se during our walk down from São Jorge Castle back to Baixa. The cathedral was beautiful and old. The trams passed by in front of the church created a nice photo taking background here. It can be reached by tram easily.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

On our way back to the cruise ship, we still had time, so we decided to visit this oldest church in Lisbon. It’s a solid massive construction. It’s very interesting - the church has it own fortress and towers which could be used as a base to attack the enemy during a siege at that era. Inside is very elegant,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 via mobile

This was one of the highlights of our trip to Lisbon. The cathedral has a wonderfully imposing facade but because it's located on the side of a hill it seems smaller than it actually is. Inside it's surprisingly austere - that is, until you get to the Treasury (more than worth the small entrance fee) which contains a large number... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

The cathedral itself is lovely in a spare and elegant way. However, the highlights were the treasury and cloister, which require a ticket to enter. The cloister features excavated Roman-era artifacts. The treasury is chock full of beautiful ecclesiastical items. The cathedral is a convenient stop on the way up or down from the castle. It's an easy walk from... More 

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Valmadrera, Italia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

The Patriarchal Cathedral of St. Mary Major (or Sé de Lisboa) definitely worth to pay a visit, as you can find it on the way to Sao Jorge Castle. If you love the church art you will not be disappointed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We found this place on the way down from Castelo de Sao Jorge. It is quite big and inside it is beautiful as well. It is free of charge and not crowded at all when we are there in afternoon. It is located next to tram stop so it is very easy to go here. It is located very close... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The Santa Maria Maior Church is one of the most beautiful churches in Lisbon. Right in city center, don´t miss to visit it as soon as you arrive at city center. It is the main cathedral of Portuguese Christian Religion and it worth a visit...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This cathedral is definitely worth making a detour to see. The building is very beautiful as is the interior. It wasn't busy at all when we visited one wet Saturday afternoon in February.

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