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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
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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Roman ruins

Se de Lisboa, the main catholic cathedral, with cloisters and excavation works of Roman ruins. You can access the balcony above the entrance way for great views down the main... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The church looks old, and was first built in the 12th century. The church was kept and preserved well and still serve as cathedral in Lisbon

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Warsaw, Poland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Lisbon Cathedral, "da Sé Patriarchal Lisboa" in Portuguese, is located at the entrance of the Alfama district,). It was erected in 1150 on the remains of a mosque built during the Moorish occupation in the tenth century. The cathedral, have different architectural styles. Its facade, with two towers and a rose window, is typical of the Romanesque style. Inside,... More 

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Central Portugal, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well , if you just wanna see " another Church " bcz its listed on the most Travellers Guide , go in take some nice Pictures or a nice selfie , be happy go out and done . Its nice , some nice religious Artwork to see for free ... If you love History , If you love Architecture and... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As the Cathedral features prominently in the guide books you would expect it to be popular. But nothing could have prepared me for the chaos inside. I love visiting old churches but I could not bear to stay here any longer than it took me to walk around it. The area was heaving with tourists when the Cathedral closed at... More 

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Laval, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This cathedral is spectacular, it has Roman, Jewish and Moorish architecture. Once inside you can feel all the energy of the past. Se Cathedral is a wonderfully impressive building. Founded in the twelfth century, it serves as the capital’s oldest church. Entrance is free to nearly every part of the cathedral. However, there is a small fee of several euros... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Se de Lisboa, the main catholic cathedral, with cloisters and excavation works of Roman ruins. You can access the balcony above the entrance way for great views down the main altar. There is also a small museum with stunning antiques from the church's past.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We can never be tired of visiting cathedrals and this one is no exception. It is very beautiful. It is in fact a very old building. It was built way back in the early 12th century and has, of course, been renovated and partly re-built a number of times, each time a slightly different style. The architectural styles range from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 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.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

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 

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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"!