Sé de Lisboa

Sé de Lisboa, Lisbon

Sé de Lisboa
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Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
About
Lisbon’s Patriarchal Cathedral – or Santa Maria Maior Minster – is the oldest church of the present day Portuguese capital: built in the 12th century, it endured several interventions throughout the years, namely after the 1755 earthquake. It is a monument of tremendous historical, architectural, religious and spiritual relevance.
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The area
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Neighborhood: Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores
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"!
How to get there
  • Terreiro do Paço • 4 min walk
  • Baixa/Chiado • 6 min walk
Popular mentions

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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK4,548 contributions
Externally not great but inside is a very impressive cathedral.
Jun 2021
A very impressive cathedral. Quite narrow even by medieval standards and internally not as ornate as many cathedrals of the same period but a striking stark structure.
Written July 23, 2021
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thefilipinotraveler
Stockholm, Sweden55 contributions
Oldest church in Lisbon
Jun 2021
This is the oldest church in Lisbon and during our visit, I was also able to visit the Treasury upstairs. Entrance fee is 4 Euros. Highly recommended if it is your first time in Lisbon.
Written July 10, 2021
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belgianguy1
Bruges, Belgium10,988 contributions
Old church
Feb 2021 • Solo
This church is very old, dating back to the 12th century... it's located on a hill so be prepared for a bit of a climb!
Just viewing it from the outside was already worth it, it's an impressive building, unfortunately I couldn't get in to see the interior, but that's the case now everywhere in the city due to the current lockdown and covid-19 restrictions :-(
Written February 24, 2021
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anke_kleefeld
Nuernberg58 contributions
An unforgettable visit
Mar 2020
I climbed up the hill to visit the Sé de Lisboa (Igreja de Santa Maria Major). The first impression on the outside is more like a castle than a cathedral. But the inside is very much a church and very impressive. You have a lot to see, e.g. Santa Ana or the treasure chamber. To see the treasure chamber you have to climb up the steeple. There are very interesting treasures like the most impressive monstrance I have ever seen. Sadly you aren't allowed to take photos in the treasury.

I enjoyed my visit in the Sé and wouldn't mind to come back.
Written February 1, 2021
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June A
Surrey, UK2,252 contributions
Oldest church in the city
Nov 2019 • Solo
This is one of the oldest churches in Lisbon, which survived the Lisbon earthquake relatively unscathed. The outside is quite ornate but the inside relatively austere. The church is well worth a visit though for its history alone.
Written September 13, 2020
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Malgorzata
10,295 contributions
The heart of Lisbon
Sep 2019
Monumentally beautiful Romanesque style cathedral from 1150. One of the most magnificent and the oldest of the best-preserved sacred buildings in Lisbon. A cathedral that commemorates the city's liberation from the Moorish rule. The cathedral is monumental, beauty. It is the largest cathedral in Lisbon and a must-see. Church which is the gate to Alfama. You can take an atmospheric picture of the famous tram arriving next to it.
Written August 26, 2020
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Martyn Cymro
Coimbra, Portugal3,227 contributions
Oldest Church in Lisbon.
Aug 2020
You can visit this cathedral when walking down from the castle. It's the oldest church in Lisbon (1150) and somehow managed to survive the famous Lisbon earthquake of 1755, which destroyed much of the city. It's not a very ornate cathedral and feels a bit Spartan inside. That said, it is worth your time to visit.
Written August 9, 2020
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Louis Dumont
Switzerland519 contributions
Nice church worth paying the entrance fee
Mar 2020
A really nice church, worth visting. Buy paying the entrance fee, you'll get access to the Treasure (if you are in this kind of things) and to the balcony, giving you a nice view over the inside of the church.
Don't forget to visit the Church in itself, I is worth it.
Written March 20, 2020
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Nigel V
Castle Douglas, UK170 contributions
Worth a visit
Mar 2020
This cathedral isn't as ornate as some but it has been restored to high quality.It looks like a small version of the Notre Dame.Must sees are the Treasury which has a display of religious objects ,clothing and jewellery. Also the Patriarch dressing chamber this is very ornate.
Written March 17, 2020
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kurteg
Lenexa, KS472 contributions
Old & Majestic
Feb 2020
This church reminds me of a smaller Notre Dame (in Paris); built just a few years before. The interior is somewhat similar, grand yet relatively simple; with a style like many churches built in the 1100s and 1200s. We stayed for mass, which seemed long... particularly one with a long homily in Portuguese.
Written March 4, 2020
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