Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Sé Velha de Coimbra)

Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Sé Velha de Coimbra)

Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Sé Velha de Coimbra)

Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Sé Velha de Coimbra)
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,173 contributions
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Jul 2021
Really nice architecture. So bad it was closed as many places we tried to visit in Coimbra. Also, it was impossible to take a nice picture of the Facade because everything was full of cars.
Written July 10, 2021
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Malgorzata
10,460 contributions
A beautiful place worth seeing
Jul 2020
Old Cathedral of Coimbra was built in 1162 and is one of the most characteristic monuments of Romanesque architecture in Portugal. From the outside, it looks like a fortress. The cathedral has been preserved almost intact to this day. On the other hand, the beautiful renaissance gate added to the northern wall of the temple is rather heavily damaged. A gem of architecture. It's definitely worth seeing while in Coimbra.
Written April 9, 2021
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia21,189 contributions
The only Portuguese unrebuilt Romanesque cathedral,
Feb 2020
The cathedral reminded me of the churches of southern France. There, too, you won`t understand: the church in front of you or still a fortress. By the way, maybe that's why the cathedral was quickly built on the site of the church destroyed by the Moors: starting in 1164 and ending in 20 years. a very short time for cathedrals. It should be understood that Portugal didn`t have personnel at that time and the cathedral was built by French architects Robert and Bernard. Moreover, Robert also worked on the Lisbon Cathedral. It's like a conveyor belt. But the Cathedral of Coimbra remained the only Portuguese Romanesque cathedral, unlike Lisbon and others, thoroughly rebuilt. The main feature of the Romanesque style of the cathedral is the large number (300) of capitals (tops of columns). If Romanesque artists under the influence of Byzantium did not use plant and geometric images in the capitals, but tried to depict animals and people, then here on the contrary. This is due to the fact that mozarabe (converted Christians) were building the Cathedral. They are not used to portraying people, because it is forbidden in Islam. The cathedral has not escaped subsequent influences, but they are present in fragments. Gothic is present in several tombs and most importantly in the cloister. The cloister is very large and part of the hillside was demolished to build it. Renaissance elements are also present in the cathedral. The Gate of Hope-Porta Especiosa was built in the 1530s by the French sculptor Joao de Rouen. He also created a magnificent retable with the image of Jesus and the apostles in the southern apse 30 years later. And, of course, the decoration of the cathedral is the main Renaissance altar created from 1498 to 1502 by Flemish artists Olivier de Gand and Jean d'Ypres.
Written January 6, 2021
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Aleph_999
Salamanca, Spain678 contributions
Great cathedral
Aug 2020
A very nice romanesque cathedral. It really deserves a visit and it is a key part of the city. It also has a very nice Renassaince door in the lateral façade. Only downside is that it is too much surrounded by other buildings so you have to take care to appreciate in detail
Written August 23, 2020
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Fábio M
Stockholm-Arlanda, Sweden10 contributions
Short and valuable ride
Aug 2020 • Family
We did the tour with children (4 and 6yo) and the tour is short and beautiful. it's worth it to know the story. In our view, it was more beautiful than the new cathedral. Attention: stairs on the way...🥵.
Written August 17, 2020
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Laurylau-p
Eindhoven, The Netherlands808 contributions
Old Cathedral
Aug 2019
Really beautiful cathedral. The internal garden gives a feeling of tranquility, you can immerse yourself in silence.
Written July 31, 2020
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Saj
London, UK76 contributions
Praying is no longer free
Jul 2020
Turns out that you can’t join mass if you’re a foreigner...you can only go during visiting hours where you have to pay for the privilege to pray.
Written July 12, 2020
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RobertJE
London, UK542 contributions
Majestic building
Feb 2020 • Couples
A majestic cathedral well worth visiting although I must confess that having walked up to it along some very steep slopes from the lower part of the town all I really wanted to do was sit down. Added to that iseemed to have visited so many churches and cathedrals in Porto before coming to Coimbra I was beginning to find it hard to distinguish between them. However this cathedral does sit majestically just below the university and is worth visiting for the interior and the cloisters.
Written February 19, 2020
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Bluenog
11 contributions
Nice church to visit
Oct 2019
Well, this chunk is a nice mixup of many styles, and I neglected it for three years now, before I finally visited it. Not going here was a mistake. Plus, this is an island of quiet in the center of Coimbra.
Written February 12, 2020
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BelaN74
Mississauga, Canada4,015 contributions
Beautiful
Jul 2019
We just stumbled upon this as we were walking around the streets and saw this beautiful church. Have a look around as the architecture is amazing.
Written January 11, 2020
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