Tui Cathedral
Tui Cathedral
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Bettens1976
Porto, Portugal349 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
On the first journey in Spain from my Camino de Santiago from Porto, I went to visit the famous Cathedral of Tui. It is a beautiful cathedral surrounded by peace. It is one of the things that surprised me most, the tranquillity that was breathed in the cathedral. The imposing Cathedral of Tuy is known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria, whose construction began at the end of the 11th century. Located in the upper part of the old town. The initial style of the cathedral is Romanesque whose influence would extend to the entire region of the Minho, both Galician and Portuguese. Do not forget that this beautiful cathedral is located right on the border between Galicia and Portugal. The Romanesque capitals provide decorative wealth with plant elements and also animals (lions) monsters, harpies, etc. An important Romanesque example is the Chapter House, which is considered the largest chapter house of the cathedrals in Spain. It was not until the end of the 12th century that it would be completed in Gothic style, mainly in its longitudinal nave and vaults.
Written June 1, 2018
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Tribesman69
Dublin32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Friends
We started our Camino to Santiago de Compostela from Tui.
The town itself has little to commend it and looks to have been hard hit by the recession. However, the area around the Cathederal has a number of nice bars and restaurants and, without exception, the locals were smiley, helpful and seemed genuinely glad to see you. There does seem to be a respect for pilgrims (peregrino's) which seems to be more than an appreciation for the Euros they bring.
The Cathederal itself is a magnificent and fortress like structure and the interiors are similarly impressive. I was particularly taken with the front doors of the church and its magnificent carvings. To the amateur observer the door could do with some tender loving care, whether that be a treatment of olive oil or whatever, so that its magnificent carvings can be preserved for another few hundred years. The stone masonry around the front door is also impressive. See pictures below.
The Cathederal was the starting point for our Camino so if that is your reason for being in Tui you will see it. If you are in Tui for any other reason make it your business to see it - there is very little else to see in the town.
Written July 13, 2016
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Becky C
London, UK382 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Friends
We arrived at the end of a long day’s walking. The cathedral was beautifully cool and peaceful. The audio guides were very informative, particularly with the comparisons to the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela.

The cloisters were lovely and calming and the views from the rooftop were just spectacular.
Written September 15, 2019
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Boston2Bronx
Boston, MA175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
I've seen many of the great Cathedrals of Europe and this is gem. By European Cathedral standards this is small, but not to be missed. The exterior is simple by the interior is breathtakingly beautiful. Not to be missed! Visit the Cloister and climb to the roof for a view back to Portugal
Written July 15, 2018
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Mark W
California104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
The Tui Cathedral is definitely worth visiting. Nearly 1000 years old, the Tui Cathedral has withstood time! It’s Romanesque style dominates the medieval center. It was one of the highlights of our time in Tui.
Written June 15, 2018
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Stephen P
Plymouth, UK141 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018
A nice cathedral across the border in Spain, a good 30 minute walk from Valenca but enjoyable once you have gone through the outskirts of Tui, The town becomes another world and the Cathedral has guided voice tours to take at your own pace, 4 Euros each to visit
Written April 9, 2018
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BeeWaldorf
London, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
This Cathedral is full of legends. From the lost passage of Doña Urraca (who allegedly escaped to Portugal through a passage that went from the Cathedral to Valença under the river Miño) to the students that were victims of a haunting ghost. Legends aside, the Cathedral has made its mark because of its unique architecture, its Templar mark, its beautiful contrast of different period of history and...quite honest...the hospitality of its workers there. Make sure you ask for a tour, they'll tell you all the stories.
Written February 10, 2017
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backpacker31
Boynton Beach, FL5,774 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Solo
Dating back to 1120AD, this Romanesque and Gothic structure is worth a visit. There is a most impressive portco that greets the visitor. The interior of the chapel is dedicated to St. James 'the Moor Slayer' and there is an interesting statue honoring the first black saint from Africa. Be sure to visit the attractive medieval cloister. Off the steps behind the cloister is a tranquil garden that overlooks the Rio Minho and the rooftops of old town Tui. Note the hours of the cloister and garden before you visit and prepare to spend a good 1/2 hour visiting.
Written July 4, 2016
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Vamborules
Glasgow, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
3 Euro on entering gets you a recorded tour of the cathedral in the language of your choice, very informative and such an improvement on Porto cathedral which is in desperate need of restoration
Written August 28, 2015
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Carlos Silva
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
We need to pay 5€ to visit the cathedral, it's not even to visit the towers or the roof, just to enter the cathedral and see the altars. It's exploiting the faithfull.
Written June 1, 2022
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