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

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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
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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 

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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.

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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 

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Coalville, United Kingdom
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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 

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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

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Maple Grove, MN
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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.

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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 

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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.

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Manhattan, KS
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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 

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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.

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Staying in Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores

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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"!