We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

Se de Lisboa ( Igreja de Santa Maria Maior )

Certificate of Excellence
Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Largo da Se, Lisbon 1100-585, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 21 886 6752
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Small-Group Lisbon Sightseeing Tour by Segway with Food Tastings
More Info
and up
Small-Group Medieval Lisbon Tour by Segway
More Info
and up
2-Hour Private Tour in Lisbon

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 957 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 69
  • 113
    Very good
  • 59
  • 10
  • 2
A Cathedral church worth visiting

This is a beautiful cathedral, which is well looked after. It is a shame that visitors do not understand of respect the silence of a church. We didn't have time to visit the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Alistair T
London, United Kingdom
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

957 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 253: English reviews
New York
Level Contributor
112 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I've seen many cathedrals in my travels and I have to say this one makes my top 3. The cathedral was spectacular. Once you step inside you can take in the history and feel the energy of the past permeate through the stone walls. The cathedral is free but if you want to visit the cloisters you have to buy... More 

Thank Pipsy05
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
104 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a beautiful cathedral, which is well looked after. It is a shame that visitors do not understand of respect the silence of a church. We didn't have time to visit the cloister but we did visit the Treasury where we found some exquisite pieces of history, try to go it is worth the small fee.

Thank Alistair T
Hong Kong, China
Level Contributor
4,766 reviews
3,036 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10,501 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Sé de Lisboa (The Cathedral of Lisbon) is the Archdiocese in Lisbon and the oldest church in the city. It is a particularly interesting place to visit in the Alfama district for those who enjoy history, architecture and archeology. Opening Hours are 9am to 7pm daily. Originally built in 1147, the church has a long history. It has survived several... More 

Thank BradJill
Coalville, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
63 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lisbon cathedral is full of character and very rustic at the top of a winding hill amongst many tut tut taxis and vintage trams. A very important building in the city of Lisbon and is recommended whilst visiting. When we got inside even though there were many signs telling people not to take photos and to remove any headwear, sadly... More 

Thank rgarner93
North Kingstown, Rhode Island
Level Contributor
10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Upon entering, the sacredness and beauty can still be felt and should be revered. Even though there were signs posted, tourists (all nationalities) ignored them.....their disdain and irreverence were a shocking experience.The disrespect of this Holy place was the only negative (and a major one!). I will visit again, but next time will Shush! those people even louder

1 Thank JMWRI
Maple Grove, MN
Level Contributor
39 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really liked this church. I liked the fact that it looked natural inside and out, meaning it didn't look like it was 'refurbished' etc. Church was placed in a nice spot that gave it a great picturesque setting. Also fairly close to the castle, so it made it easy to check them both out in the same time period.

1 Thank CHusby31
Delray Beach, Florida
Level Contributor
774 reviews
483 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 424 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped here to pick up my Camino de Santiago pilgrim passport. Church itself is a mix of several different architectural styles having been modified over the years as it dates back to 1147. Neighborhood is perfect for viewing many of Lisbon's more prominent structures and great for walking, although the ups and downs along the hilly streets may prove challenging... More 

Thank backpacker31
Long Beach, CA
Level Contributor
454 reviews
223 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 282 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This cathedral is jaw dropping. I was amazed by its beauty even though it needs some repair work. It's just a stunning place. Keep looking up to experience the amazing light at the top. Truly beautiful.

Thank Jon M
Manhattan, KS
Level Contributor
297 reviews
125 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As for a main cathedral of a major European capital, this is probably the most neglected from them all. A sad unloved romanesque building full of tourists in beachwear clicking their photos, checking email, or just relaxing in the pews. The cloister behind the cathedral ( a 2.50EU separate entrance fee) is something of a shock. The cloister itself could... More 

Thank Witoldzio
Schaumburg, Illinois
Level Contributor
291 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting interior because it has a very narrow nave. The highlight was the cloisters. Beautiful blue tiles and a very serene setting. Cathedral is free but there is an additional charge to visit the cloisters.

1 Thank bunky36669

Travelers who viewed Se de Lisboa ( Igreja de Santa Maria Maior ) also viewed


Been to Se de Lisboa ( Igreja de Santa Maria Maior )? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Se de Lisboa ( Igreja de Santa Maria Maior ) and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Se de Lisboa ( Igreja de Santa Maria Maior ) staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores

Neighborhood Profile
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"!