Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra), Coimbra
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Considered one of the most important Romanesque Roman Catholic structures in the country, Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra) is also one of Portugal's best-preserved cathedrals. While other structures had to be greatly remodeled or renovated over time, especially after the Great Earthquake of 1755, this church has remained relatively intact. The original medieval structure was very basic and built in the 13th century. The Romanesque style for which it is now famous was designed later by architect Master Robert. Peruse the facades of this cathedral, including the Renaissance-style portal that was added in the 16th century, before exploring its interior. Take in hundreds of years of history while walking through this architectural and artistic site. Use our Coimbra vacation planner to add Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra) and other attractions to your Coimbra vacation plans.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • 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 yo...  more »
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  • great cultural experience
  • Nice open area next to cathedral (entrance inside).
  • Historical church. Quite place to relax after all day long city tour.
  • Really cool XXII century church. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Definitely worth a visit especially for the cloister