Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
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  • muttibey
    Izmir, Türkiye3,663 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    It is simply a beauty of the city of Porto. You can visit inside, you can spend some time outside and check the river Ribeira from the top. You can walk from the narrow streets of Porto from Cathedral to the river. The architecture is amazing. It is simply beautiful and excellent. Don’t miss it.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written July 10, 2023
  • D2004Ireland
    420 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Se Cathedral
    Perched high up it has great views of the river from the outside. You can visit inside, there is an entry fee plus long queues. You can walk from the Cathedral to the river. The architecture is beautiful. Don’t miss it.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 31, 2023
  • iljumittajjeb
    Lanark, United Kingdom422 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Se
    Spent 90 minutes or so around the cathedral. We'd discovered the previous day that queues begin to form unless you're there at the start of the day. The cloisters at that point were peaceful, but I guess it fills up quickly. Great views from the top.
    Visited September 2023
    Written September 14, 2023
  • caitlin s
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking
    Beautiful place to visit, highly recommend. The walk leading up to the Cathedral is very picturesque and when the Cathedral comes into view it is breathtaking. Would buy tickets in advance online though, we did and worked out cheaper than buying on site
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 14, 2023
  • Sylvia DrSoul Fernandez
    San Juan, Puerto Rico12,257 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Cathedral with interior patio, look out and just breath taking art...
    One of the most beautiful cathedrals I have ever visited! I just love it so much!! Pay to go in because you will regret it if you don't. It is just so beautiful outside and inside, the interior patio, the look out, the cathedral itself, the "museum" part of it!! Enjoy my pictures and check out all my other reviews in Porto on this my third visit! One of two weeks discovering Porto! Planforamiracle.com
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 24, 2023
  • beachbuddy10
    Bridport, United Kingdom1,647 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A breathtaking experience.
    The most majestic and impressive sight in Porto with its imposing facade and spectacular views across the city and as far as the Atlantic coast. The nave and altar are richly decorated and I would have loved to hear the organ in full flow. Have a wander out round the cloisters, popping in and out of each door as you find it. And pop a coin or two in the charity box while you’re at it.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 19, 2023
  • Bandit-One
    Lucerne, Switzerland10,043 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful cathedral
    There are so many important and impressive architectual masterpieces in Porto. And this Roman Catholic church is surely one of them. Sitting on top of the city, not far from the equally impressive Ponte Dom Luis I. The building of the present cathedral began in the second half of the 12th century. And was only fully completed in 1737. Due to the long construction, the cathedral is a very unique one in architecture and desigsn. Combining Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles. It is definitely a stunner and also offers great views here from the top of the hill. There weren't that many visitors that day. Most of the flocked to the Ponte Dom Luis I it seemed. But both sights equally interesting and impressive.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 29, 2023
  • mshapiro99
    Sterling, Virginia1,299 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cathedral ... less ornate than most.
    Looking for a place to duck out of the rain, we climbed the hill to the Porto Cathedral. We were surprised that they charged an admission; most churches let you in for a donation, or no donation at all, but here each person paid 3 Euro to enter. Interesting architecture, lots of open-air spaces and covered walkways opening to a courtyard, there weren't many artifacts or relics to review. Still, it was in out of the rain, and only coast 3 Euros each ... so I'd say it was fair.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 12, 2023
  • Melanie T
    New York City, New York6,539 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views of Porto
    Stopped by on a Wednesday morning just after 10:30 and it wasn’t too busy. We didn’t go inside the church, as you had to pay a fee, but there was plenty to see outside and around. There is a small hill up to the church (but I guess there is a small hill everywhere in Porto!) but once you get up there, you get beautiful views of Porto and all its red rooftops. We probably spent about half an hour just taking pictures outside, so make sure you bake enough time for that into your schedule.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 5, 2024
  • John B
    Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom875 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing decorative interior.
    For an older person the climb up to the Cathedral can be quite daunting. We did not count the steps but there were a lot. It was well worth the effort though. The Cathedral is not immediately striking but from the area outside there are great views over the city and the river. Venturing inside (for a very small fee) a very different picture meets the eye. The Cathedral is ostentatiously decorative. The ceramics on the walls around the cloistered area are impressive, the abundant decoration inside just overwhelming. Back outside we discovered there is a much easier access from the main street.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 8, 2024
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia33,866 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
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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Billythefish1
Southport, UK1,427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Porto’s Cathedral (Sé) is the city’s most important church. A national monument, built in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Visit the gothic cloister, the blue and white chapel frescoes, the Teixeira Lopes sculpture in the baptistry and the medieval portrait of Our Lady of Vandoma, the city’s patron saint. The main body of the church is fairly plain apart from the many altars at the front which are gregariously golden. When locals talk about the ‘Sé’, they don’t just mean the Cathedral, the name also applies to the historic district at Porto’s heart. Entry fee 3euros or 5euros for both this and the Bishop’s Palace next to the Cathedral.
Written February 24, 2020
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138Paul138
Canterbury, UK1,311 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • 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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177christine1956
Arnside, UK49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The approach to Se is as spectacular as the arrival. A large and very lovely square with monuments and great views. The church itself is very worth the entrance fee with its spectacular height and grandeur. Lovely quiet cloisters behind the church, a little escape from the crowds. A great walk down from the front of the church winds its way through houses, shops and the odd cafe, very much off the beaten tourist track. The path winds down back into the centre of town.
Written February 24, 2020
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IndySig
Indianapolis, IN4,120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is a truly lovely and large church. The outside area provides some lovely views of the city and the tile work on the inside and out is not to be missed. It’s amazing that all of this was created and built without the aid of computers.
Written February 20, 2020
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Mike J
Chepstow, UK883 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This is a very unusal Cathedral with it’s beautiful artistically decorated blue tile and decorative paintings. The admission ticket including the Bishop’s palace is a very good deal and recommended. We can also recommend climbing the tower as it is well worth it for the views over the city
Written December 22, 2022
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,575 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The outstanding "Sé Catedral do Porto" dominates the city's historic center and overlooks the nearby awesome "Rio Douro". The Roman Catholic Cathedral dates from the 12th century and is dedicated to the cult of Virgin Mary, under some of her denominations such as "Nossa Senhora da Vandoma" (the Holy Patroness of Porto), "Santa Maria do Porto" and also "Nossa Senhora do Porto da Eterna Salvação". Along the centuries, the Cathedral has been restored several times, but still keeps its classic Romanesque style, with later Gothic and Baroque additions. Check its towers, windows, baptistery, altars, chapels, cloisters and the adjoining Archbishop's Palace. Magnificent artworks, as stained glass windows, Portuguese tiles, paintings, silverware and bronze bas-reliefs, await your visit. Enjoy!
Written December 20, 2020
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jl
Liverpool, UK13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Nice place to visit when looking for something cultural to do in the city. Entrance price is low and the cathedral itself is very impressive inside as well as having iconic blue tiles. Downside was that there were a lot of steps to get up to the towers, not that helpful for step free accessibility.
Written June 7, 2023
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bluebay06
La Spezia, Italy2,209 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This Romanesque-style cathedral (greatly altered during Baroque times), very close to the walls that once protected the city, has the evident characteristic of looking like a fortified church given the two square towers, crowned with a dome on either side of the simple facade. The vast forecourt in front of the cathedral is beautiful, which, being in an elevated position, allows an excellent view of the city and the river below. A pillory, standing in front of the cathedral, it may be used to hang criminals on it. During our visit the area was literally invaded by groups of tourists which made the visit a little less pleasant, even if it was certainly still very interesting.
Written December 17, 2022
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Merrowmum
Guildford, UK1,320 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
It is rather a big climb up from the Riverside to the cathedral, but the views are great - and then you go inside the cathedral itself! Firstly, the €3 entrance fee is really reasonable as you see the cloisters, cathedral itself, tower area and treasury for that. The cloisters are amazing - certainly we have never seen anything like them before - beautiful stonework plus azuljeros makes for a stunning combination. The cathedral itself is quite plain in some parts but the area around the main altar is beautiful and an interesting mixture of decorative styles. The rose window is lovely. The treasury is small but quite interesting; on the tower level there are two huge azuljeros pictures. Definitely well worth a visit.
Written April 3, 2023
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