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The Lisbon Cathedral is one of the oldest churches in the city, built in 1147 on the site of an old mosque after Christians took over the city in the Second Crusade. It has been the seat of the Bishopric of Lisbon since the city's first Bishop post-Reconquista Gilbert of Hastings took up the mantle. Originally built in Romanesque style, it has Neoclassical, Gothic and Baroque elements from subsequent renovations over the centuries.

The imposing Cathedral resembles a fortress, with its west façade featuring 2 bell towers flanking the portal, and crenellations along the roof. The archivolt windows at the top of the towers offer a glimpse of the bells. Laid out on the plan of a Roman Cross, the Cathedral has austere interiors with Gothic arches and a high barrel vaulting over the nave. To the left of the entrance is a marble baptismal font used to baptize Saint Anthony in 1195, framed by azulejos tiles and paintings illustrating episodes from the life of the saint. The main chapel and ambulatory were converted by Afonso IV into a Gothic style royal pantheon for him and his family, but only the ambulatory survived the 1755 earthquake. The ambulatory houses 3 notable Gothic tombs belonging to the 7th Lord of Ferreira de Aves Lopo Fernandes Pacheco and his wife Maria de Vilalobos in the Chapel of San Cosme and San Damiano, along with an unidentified royal princess in the Chapel of Santa Ana. Also of note are the funerary chapel of Bartolomeu Joanes, Chapel of Santa Maria Maior which has an iron grid with zoomorphic motifs, crib by the sculptor Joaquim Machado de Castro in the Chapel of Santo Ildefonso, and the Gothic choir.

Behind the Cathedral are the 14th century Portuguese Gothic cloisters that were built directly on top of the previous mosque. Excavations here have also led to the discovery of Roman and Visigothic remains. In one of the chapels here, Queen Eleanor of Viseu founded the Irmandade de Invocação a Nossa Senhora da Misericórdia de Lisboa (Brotherhood of Invocation to Our Lady of Mercy of Lisbon) which evolved into the Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, a Catholic charitable institution.

The south tower houses the Treasury, showcasing ecclesiastical silver objects, relics, icons, religious art, vestments, statuary, jewelry, and illuminated manuscripts from the 15th - 16th centuries.



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 Largo Santo António da Sé, Lisbon, Portugal

 +351 218 866 752

Se Cathedral (Lisbon) and Nearby Attractions on Map

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Museu do Azulejo

Museu do Azulejo(2.4 km)
One of the most important national museums, for its singular collection, Azulejo, an artistic expression which differentiates Portuguese culture, and for the unique building where it is installed, former Madre de Deus Convent, founded in 1509 by Queen Dona Leonor.

Gloria Funicular

Gloria Funicular(1 km)
Inaugurated on 24 October 1885, this funicular was the second to be placed in Lisbon.

Bica Funicular

Bica Funicular(1.1 km)
This funicular was inaugurated on 28 June 1892 and its route is known as the most typical of the city.

Lavra Funicular

Lavra Funicular(1.2 km)
The oldest funicular of Lisbon was inaugurated on 19 April 1884 and on that day it worked for 16 consecutive hours, carrying more than 3,000 passengers free.

Rua Augusta Arch

Rua Augusta Arch(0.3 km)

Feira da Ladra

Feira da Ladra(0.9 km)
Bustling flea market with antique stores.

Lisbon Botanical Gardens

Lisbon Botanical Gardens(1.6 km)
A hidden gem.

Museu do Teatro Romano

Museu do Teatro Romano(0.1 km)
The Museu do Teatro Romano (Roman Theatre Museum) showcases the archeological remains of the adjacent Roman theatre that was built by Emperor Augustus in the 1st century BC in Felicitas Julia Olisipo, as Lisbon was known during the time.

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