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Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra)

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Much better than the New Cathedral

This is a wonderful space with all the usual religious accouterments that you find in a major Catholic Church but it's not as overblown as some of the cathedrals that we saw and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Ann T
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful space with all the usual religious accouterments that you find in a major Catholic Church but it's not as overblown as some of the cathedrals that we saw and has it's own special ambiance.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of those places you must definitely visit! Unfortunately I visited it at dusk and the lighting wasn't the best, so if you can go there during light time...

Thank bernas68
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

This Cathedral had been scheduled for replacement so the New Cathedral was built adjacent and there is direct access between the two. The old Cathedral is Romanesque with a stark beauty and high rounded arches. The stone is largely exposed and the light is very soft and welcoming. The altars are beautiful but not overdone as they are in the... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Another well preserved 12thC cathedral with pretty Gothic cloister and many interesting tombs. The cathedral is 'crennelated' all round giving it a Moorish fortress feel and the multi layered side doorway Porta Especiosa has really intricate stone carvings.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

I must admit to getting a little tired of seeing old cathedrals after 3 months in Sopain and POrtugal but this one was pretty spectacular

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

This is an excellent example of the purpose of a Se: Part house of worship, part fortification, with its tall ceilings, minimal outside access, completely stone interior. What makes this particular SE stand apart is the beautiful cloister found out back, with views of the university rising above. Take a quiet moment to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Apart from the university, this is the other top historical site in Coimbra. The exterior is relatively plain, but the interior has some nice carvings, a beautiful cloister, and several huge, ornately carved altarpieces. The one behind the main altar is especially breathtaking. It's well worth the small admission charge. The one thing that left a slight bad taste in... More 

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Coimbra, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

The Old Cathedral of Coimbra or Se Velha as it is indicated on maps and known locally is an old Gothic Cathedral. The cathedral is situated in a large square with numerous cafés and restaurants. If you visit in May, you may be lucky to visit on the day they hold a medieval fair in the square. I suggest you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Quite impressive and a must visit while in Coimbra,our guide recommended us this place and it meet our expectations

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

This is a lovely old Cathedral and well worth a visit. Inside it is very ornate as are many of the Church's and Cathedrals in this area. There is a 2.50euros cost to go in, I can understand why there is a charge, but I have reservations about having to pay to go into Church's and Cathedrals. This is an... More 

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