Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
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138Paul138
Canterbury, UK901 contributions
Couples
Easy to locate, the Cathedral stands tall amongst the Porto skyline. The square around it affords great views of the Douro river below.
At time of writing it costs 3euro per adult to enter. You are left to wander around, although there is a route to follow. Information boards are dotted in specific areas. Do climb the Tower staircase, as your efforts are rewarded at the top. I didn’t see anything to aid wheelchair users. The Cathedral has many little treasures to view and it is definitely worth a visit.
Written July 6, 2022
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia22,944 contributions
If you add 2 more towers to the cathedral and remove the domes, it would completely descend from afar for the Bastille, or any other fortress. The impression is enhanced by the violation of the proportions between the height of the bell towers and the main nave of the cathedral. The cathedral is protected by the massiveness of the Romanesque style, but from the side of the main facade everything is mixed. The Gothic rose window is located above the Baroque portal. The Baroque diluted the Romanesque style on the side as well. The famous Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni (author of the Tower of Clérigos Church, Misericórdia Church) added an elegant Baroque loggia to the side facade of the cathedral in 1736. Inside, it is worth noting the beautiful main altar and the altar made of pure silver, which took 800 kg of precious metal. The altar was saved from the French invaders only because it was immured in a niche. It is worth noting the Chapel of St. John the Baptist.Vincent with a bronze bas-relief by the artist Antonio Teixeira Lopes on the theme of the baptism of Christ by John the Baptist.Entrance to the cathedral costs 3 EUR. Unfortunately, the cloister of the cathedral was closed, and it is worthy of a visit.
Written January 17, 2021
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RobertJE
London, UK542 contributions
Couples
There was certainly a lot to see in the cathedral complex - the cloister area with stunning tile decorations has several rooms leading off it. Each room served a different function and has various artifacts, treasures or furnishings. Outside, the upper level also has walls adorned with tiles and the walk up the tower (81 steps) affords lovely views over the city. The actual cathedral space itself is not especially ornate but is quite grand. The €5 entrance fee also includes the Bishops House/Palace which is sumptuously furnished. On the basis of previous reviews we thought we'd 'do' the cathedral in 30 mins - we spent almost 2 hours in the overall cathedral complex and palace.
Written February 16, 2020
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HighWycombeCouple
High Wycombe, UK107 contributions
The cathedral had been on our bucket list for years, but we never quite got around to it. From the outside it is not much to look at. Almost a granite fortress rather then a place of worship. Looks are deceptive. The €3 admission is very cheap, particularly by U.K. cathedral standards.

Baroque is not normally our bag. However, this is baroque on steroids. The main altar is stupendous. Crammed with little chapels dedicated to various saints. Each one a work of art in its own right. Because of the lack of tourists in the Covid world we could wander at our own pace and really look at the details ad admire the workmanship that had gone into each place.

Because of Covid there was a one way system in place and masks were compulsory. There were hand sanitizer stations not only at the entrance, but at regular intervals around the building.
Written August 20, 2020
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HeaveNEarth
Fairfax, VA211 contributions
When a Proto area living professional photographer was asked where to take great pictures, he mentioned Se Catedral is ONLY place in Porto that he actually would pay to get in. It is only 3 Euro. Make sure you check the OPEN hours BEFORE you go. It closes during the middle of the day and closes a bit early. Go there about 1~2 hours prior to Sunset. If you're too late, then they would not let you climb the tower. So be sure you go upthere while you can. I think they close the tower maybe half an hour to the closing time or something like that. It has tremendous views of Gaia and Porto. We came down as the cathedral was closing then we stayed around in the plaza in front of the cathedral for beautiful sunset views of both sides of the river. So much to see inside as well.
Written February 11, 2020
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majeo
Miami, FL2,841 contributions
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I found a street parking nearby.
From the cathedral most of Porto attractions are within 500 metres walking distance.
It has two square towers,
Built in 17th century.
Of course the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni had to get involved in this one just like many other buildings in Portugal.
Another magnificent piece of art.
C U AROUND
Written April 14, 2022
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Ben F
Bloomington, IN1,257 contributions
I only witnessed the stunning Porto Cathedral in passing while I spent a few days in the city, but I saw it enough to already plan more time there on a future trip. The architecture is gorgeous and detailed, and the proximity to hotels, restaurants, and shopping in Porto means that travelers can access the cathedral within easy walking distance. The hotel I stayed at, a Hilton Tapestry Collection property, was right next door, which only proves my point about proximity.

There’s a reason most travel guides and sites mention the Porto Cathedral at the top of to-see lists in the city. It’s amazing. Check it out!
Written June 21, 2022
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada10,275 contributions
This is a beautiful church and definitely worth a visit. Construction began in 1110 and was completed in 1737, although there have been significant changes and additions since. The alter is magnificent and there are many beautiful tiles throughout. It is worth climbing the staircase to the second level for more murals and views of the Gothic cloisters.
Written July 10, 2022
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Allan C
Ipswich, UK516 contributions
Imposing in both its position and its structure the cathedral can be seen from all over Oporto.It is not your average Catholic cathedral, being much more autere in design and decoration but as we have said about other places none the worse for that. Internal decoration again is subdued but for us there was a real sense of devotion and piety lacking in some of the more garish manifestations of the genre. With gentle orgam music contrasting with the busker saxophist outside who seemed only to know Griegs "Morning" this was quite a moving experience.
Written May 15, 2022
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TCWorcester
Worcester156 contributions
Interesting building, especially the tiled cloisters. The climb up the tower, via rather steep steps, is worthwhile for the views across the city. I find it odd to have to pay to visit a cathedral.
Written April 5, 2022
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