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Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra)

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Address: Coimbra, Portugal
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Typical Portuguese Cathefral with many Interesting Features

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Wellington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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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Alverca do Ribatejo, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Check the History on this monument. Very beautiful cloisters and monument. It surely deserves a visit.

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

A celebration in stone of the triumph over the Moors in 1064. The gilded altarpiece highly decorated made by Flemish woodcarvers in about 1502. The nation´s first king, Alfonso Henriques, made Coimbra his first capital, and his son, Sancho l, was crowned here in 1185, soon after the cathedral was completed.

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Stunning inside and a very holy feeling . Cloisters are lovely and peaceful . Like most of the town it's history is awesome . You've gotta go , €2.50' entrance fee , worth it .

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