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Se de Lisboa ( Igreja de Santa Maria Maior )

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Address: Largo da Se, Lisbon 1100-585, Portugal
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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Ruined by poor restoration efforts

Se de Lisboa is a bewildering mix of styles and not enhanced by the poor attempts at restoration. There has been a church on this site since the 12th century but due mainly to... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This rather unlovely cathedral sits in the lower part of the Alfama district - still up a bit of a hill, but a lot lower down than the castle. The 28 tram and 737 bus stop outside. The exterior is blocky with two big square towers and a uniform grey stone. It's not a particularly decorative cathedral. The inside is... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Se de Lisboa is a bewildering mix of styles and not enhanced by the poor attempts at restoration. There has been a church on this site since the 12th century but due mainly to several earthquakes culminating in the Great Earthquake of 1755 the church has been constantly reconstructed and added to resulting in a building which has long ago... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We always like to visit cathedrals when in any city but this one we found under-whelming. It was very austere and dark inside, even on a sunny afternoon. Would pop in if passing but would not go out of the way to visit this cathedral. Disappointing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Extremely old (12th century) and large cathedral. Free to go in. Pipes on the organ at the front are quite interesting. Beautiful rose windows on the sides.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this building is massive and it's old...the cathedral is over 900 years old...the second floor allows you to peek at the treasures and they are beautiful...the back of the cathedral collapsed in the 1755 earthquake and the ruins are haunting and beautiful, much is still being excavated. The cathedral is also half a block from St. Anthony's church and place... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Would summarize it as worth a visit but not a long one (unless you pay to enter the special exhibits, which we didn't). The towers are visible from most central places and the cathedral has a long history (the first Bishop was from Hastings, which being British I found interesting). Pretty dark inside. Outside the 28 tram runs past but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Se Patriarcal is probably the oldest surviving church in Lisbon. It was damaged in the Great Earthquake and rebuilt. Parts of it date back to Roman times, some also Moorish, most yet to the 12th century. It contains an amazing mixture of styles and artifacts. In fact archaeological excavations still go on in the cloister revealing some ancient masonry. Adjacent... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

The highlight was the Treasury upstairs which has on display a large collection of religious artefacts which is a must. The cathedral is of some interest but buy a ticket to see the Cloisters and the archeological site at the back of the Cathedral.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

It's free to enter. Very busy inside. High ceilings, gothic architecture. Can get an audio guide if you wish but it was ok to walk around.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

I don't mind a church visit but I must say this left me thinking I've wasted time. The approach is impressive, but the less said about the inside, the better. I didn't pay to see the cloisters, so maybe it was a wasted opportunity.

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Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores
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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