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Se de Lisboa ( Igreja de Santa Maria Maior )

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Address: Largo da Se, Lisbon 1100-585, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 21 886 6752
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Cathedral Se, a large fortress begun in 1150 A.D. by Afonso Henriques, is...

Cathedral Se, a large fortress begun in 1150 A.D. by Afonso Henriques, is the burial place for Lisbon's patron saint, St. Anthony.

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Cathedral

Entry is free, but a small fee to visit cloisters. You can take a tram up if you don't feel up to the uphill walk. It is quite an impressive sight externally as well as... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Beautiful cathedral. Well maintained, free but a bit from the main tourist area of Lisbon. Well worth the effort. It is the oldest church in the city I believe so lots of history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cathedral is worth visiting without a doubt. But a real treasure is cloisters with archeological site. Wonderful! And only 2.5€

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Entry is free, but a small fee to visit cloisters. You can take a tram up if you don't feel up to the uphill walk. It is quite an impressive sight externally as well as internally and worth a visit if you have the time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth the uphill walk to reach it, the outside of Se does, as another reviewer says, look more like a fortress than a church. Inside, it is not overly ornate and feels very tranquil and a wonderful place for peaceful contemplation . In order to visit the cloisters and treasury , it is necessary to pay an extra fee.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A visit to Lisbon is incomplete without checking out this lovely Cathedral, aka Patriarchal Cathedral of St. Mary Major / Santa Maria Maior. Even if you are not that into churches or / and architecture this place will surely amaze you. Construction began over 850 years ago! And it is a National Monument for more than a 100 years. During... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is said to be the oldest church in Portugal. On the outside, with its twin towers, the church looks like a fortress rather than a church. The walls are showing tear and wear. There is a beautiful rose window. Inside, the church is well decorated but there is nothing very special. Not a must see.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a lovely place to visit and is easily accessible on foot. If you aren't great on hills, take transport! The cloisters are worth seeing as are the treasures and relics.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This church is itself a beautiful example of the Romanic/Gothic architecture. The cloister however is often shadowed by the st Jerome monastery. However, the archeological excavations on the courtyard make the Sé church even more unique. It sums up the Lisbon history since the Romans, followed by the Arabs and Christians. Impressive! The ticket is just 2.5 euro to see... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

This is an interesting church to visit, and once inside it reminded me more of a fortress = than a Cathedral. That being said, the initial building of the current structure was completed in the middle of the 12th century for the city's first Bishop. It has some impressive features, including a stunning rose window, which given the the darkness... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

The cathedral is fine but it's worth €2.50 to check out the cloisters. The carvings are great and the usual central garden is an archaeological dig going back to the romans.

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A pending candidate to become a World Heritage Site, Lisbon's downtown (the "Baixa Pombalina", or simply "Baixa") is a perfect example of anti-earthquake construction, having been rebuilt following the 1755 earthquake by the famous Marquês de Pombal (hence its name). Its offer is vast: restaurants and cafes in Rossio and Restauradores, outlets and shops in the Áurea, Augusta, Prata and other famous streets, the imponent Praça do Comércio and its Arch, the luxury shops along the Avenida da Liberdade, this is the beating heart of the city center. The Baixa also grants easy access to trains leading to Sintra, the trams that go around the Castle hill, old neighborhoods or even take you to Belém, and Lisbon's traditional restaurants and cafes. Considering a visit to the Fashion and Design Museum (free entrance) and don't forget to try the famous liquor, "ginjinha"!
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