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22 cathedrals in Portugal

Cathedrals in Lisbon
Lisbon Cathedral
Lisbon Cathedral, commonly called Sé de Lisboa, is the oldest and most important church in the city. It was built in the twelfth century in the Romanesque style. Its full name is Santa Maria Maior. During its history the cathedral has been renovated several times as it has suffered several natural disasters. The great earthquake of 1755 destroyed several parts of the church.
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Cathedrals in Porto
Porto Cathedral
The cathedral can be found in the center of Oporto. It is perfectly accessible from the exit of the metro of S. Benito. It´s a cathedral whose floor is of the romantic style but was restored many times. The most interested to visit is the claustro. I remember that Sunday morning it was closed.
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Cathedrals in Batalha
Batalha Monastery
It commemorates the victory, on 15 August 1385, of the Portuguese troops, commanded by the young Nuno Alvares Pereira, over the invading Spaniards in Aljubarrota. John I, the Portuguese king, had promised to build a monastery if he was granted victory.The work began in 1388. One highlight: the façade, equipped with beautiful gothic arches and pinnacles; inside, where it excels its grandeur and the height of his three ships, the so-called Founders Chapel, surmounted by a dome of great beauty and adorned with polychrome stained glass, the "capelas imperfect", ie unfinished, lacking cover, and known as Royal Cloister, all of it full of arabesques and floral motifs or cables that are influenced by Eastern styles.
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Cathedrals in Faro
Cathedral of Faro
This simple cathedral (Sé in Portuguese), which from the outside is almost unnoticed, was built in the 14th century, and is Gothic style architecture. It is found in the large square in the heart of the old town, at Largo da Sé, very close to the seafront. Both the tower and the cathedral can be visited after going through the ticket office. The ticket includes climbing the tower, which offers the best views of Faro, a visit inside the impressive cathedral, access the relics museum, and a tour the small courtyard, which has a small altar. Visiting Faro is essential, not only for the views, but also the cathedral grounds. Entrance is 3€
Cathedrals in Alcobaça
Alcobaça Monastery
Alcobaça name comes to this city by the 2 rivers that flow through it, the Alco and Baça. The monastery belonged to the Cistercian order is simple, even after adding many baroque elements. The Cloister of Silence is comfortable but very austere. The kitchen of the monastery has a very big fireplace, as well.
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Cathedrals in Coimbra
Old Cathedral of Coimbra
The Cathedral, or "Sé Velha," in Coimbra is one of Portugal's greatest Romanesque buildings. It was started in 1162 by Bishop Miguel Salomao, and construction was completed in 1180 after two decades. In the chapel of St. Peter, you can find the tomb of Jorge de Almeida, Bishop of Coimbra (1483-1543). This cathedral is surrounded by narrow, winding streets which are a pleasure to explore.
Cathedrals in Braga
Cathedrals in Évora
Cathedral of Evora
Evora Cathedral is on top of the old town, and its two tall towers can be seen from various points in the city. It was built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries in Romanesque style over an old mosque. It was built by Bishop D. Paio, although it has Gothic parts, which are the result of subsequent expansions during the Middle Ages. It's a building of enormous proportions. In fact, it's considered one of the largest temples built by medieval bishops in Portugal, and has been declared a [b] National Monument [/ b]. It's quite similar to the Lisbon Cathedral, following its architectural and fortress-like style. The facade is of pink granite, and the main entrance is the highlight. It's flanked by two unequal towers, the facade has a pointed arch and Archivolts that are supported by the sculptures of the Apostles. It has a Latin cross, divided into three naves of seven sections, a transept, an outgoing and a header. There are several chapels. You can also visit the cloister, the museum and climb the towers. The hours are from 9:00-12:30 and from 14:00-17:00. The entrance is 1 €, the cloister is € 1.50, and the museum and tower are 3 €.
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Cathedrals in Coimbra
New Cathedral of Coimbra
While visiting the University of Coimbra, I found the Se Nova Cathedral. The Jesuits, who had settled in the city in 1541, originally owned this church as part of their college. The church's construction began in 1598, but it did not open until 1698 because the temple took so long to build. The Sé Nova, primarily known for its baroque facade and the four statues of Jesuit saints, is currently in perfect condition and located near the University of Coimbra. Inside there is a vaulted nave as well as four domed chapels. The altar, decorated with huge, gold, carved altarpieces, was constructed in the late XVII and early XVIII century. The side chapels also contain mainly Baroque altarpieces. This cathedral is not to be confused with the Sé Velha. I went on a Sunday and there were many Spanish tourists in the area. The best day to visit both the Cathedral and the University of Coimbra is on a Sunday because there is little traffic and no university classes.
Cathedrals in Viseu
Sé Cathedral of Viseu
Viseu Cathedral is in the Adro da Sé, opposite the Church of Mercy. It dates from the 13th and 14th centuries. It's in the Romanesque-Gothic style, although its building was delayed several centuries. The highlight of the façade are six niches that house stone sculptures of the four evangelists, Saint Teotonio, who is patron saint of the city, and Saint Maria Assunção, the patron saint of the Cathedral. It is topped with two towers, one on each side: the Torre dos Sinos on the left and the Clock Tower on the right. But the best is inside. It has three naves. They are separated by pillars with robust columns, which are covered by an original ribbed vault in which one can see the insignia of kings and bishops. The main altarpiece is Baroque and was designed by Francisco Machado. It has two side chapels, with beautiful polychromatic altars and gilded wood and two symmetrical pulpits. The organ and choir stalls are also notable features. The vestry is interesting, with walls covered with 16-century tiles and a wooden ceiling decorated with paintings. Next to the cathedral is the cloister, where the Diocesan Museum is housed.
Cathedrals in Funchal
Cathedral of Funchal
The cathedral of the island's capital was built in 1514, by order of King Don Manuel, and is a fine example of Gothic art. It's very simple, inside and outside, and the baptismal font, the pulpit, and the altar were donated directly by the sovereign. Inside you can admire an interesting seventeenth century painting of the Last Supper.
Cathedrals in Lamego
Lamego Cathedral
The magnificent Cathedral of Lamego is located in the center of the city, just a few meters from the museum and almost opposite the theater. In this northern Portuguese town everything at hand (cathedral, museum, theater, fountains, gardens, castle) and it is well worth visiting. It has a sixteenth-century façade with three perfectly carved portals and a Gothic cloister with three indoor chapels. The tower of the temple, however, is a building dating from the seventeenth century, with a Manueline façade and the windows are beautiful examples of Romanesque style. For me, the most spectacular part was the vaulted frescoes attributed to Nasoni representing passages from the Old Testament.
Cathedrals in Guarda
Cathedrals in Silves
Cathedral of Silves
The Sé or Cathedral of Silves is a few kilometers from Portimao and close to Silves Castle. The Cathedral dates back to the to the 18th century and is mainly Gothic, but with the passage of time acquired Baroque and Manueline elements. The cathedral has a plant in the form of a Latin cross, with transept vaulted at the intersection of the arms of it, topped by an apse with a red sandstone at the end on the altar. The main hall is around 18 meters high, and has 2 side aisles with gilded altars decorated with baroque carvings, these ships are separated from the nave by solid octagonal pillars. Inside there are many tombs on the floor of the bishops and the noble families of Silves and the grave stone of King John II died and buried here in the year 1495, and it was later transferred to the Monastery of Batalha. If you want to visit the Cathedral you must pay , something that really caught my attention ...
Cathedrals in Porto
Cloister of Porto Cathedral
Porto Cathedral is a beautiful Romanesque building, with a jewel of Portuguese Gothic art inside. It dates from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, and was built during the reign of John I of Portugal. In the central courtyard of the cloister, we see a large stone cross. However, one of the things that draw our attention is the fabulous set of tile panels covering the walls of the lower galleries. These are later additions, dating from the eighteenth century, and show figurative scenes inspired by the Book of David.
Cathedrals in Lisbon
Caixa Geral de Depòsito: la Catedral del Dinero
This is a Portuguese public bank founded in 1876, since 1993 it has assumed the operation of a universal bank, making purchases from banks in different countries, for example, Spain, South Africa, Mozambique, Cape Verde and the USA. The building in the photos is headquartered in Lisbon, it's a striking, spectacular building occupying an entire block. Based on feedback from locals its construction brought controversy. In front of this building is a miniature parking lot for bank workers and a small amphitheater for summer shows, all of course funded by the bank. You will also see some houses that contrast enough with the ostentatious construction opposite. But the funny thing is that flowers embellish the humility and not the cold walls.
Cathedrals in Miranda do Douro
Cathedrals in Miranda do Douro
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