Se de Lisboa ( Igreja de Santa Maria Maior ), Lisbon

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Medieval outside, and embracing Romanesque- and Gothic-styles from the inside, Se de Lisboa ( Igreja de Santa Maria Maior ) preserves sacred objects, including the casket with the remains of Lisbon's patron saint, St. Vincent. Since its original construction in 1147, the building has been damaged numerous times by earthquakes and fires. Today you can see traces of centuries-old fragments through the renovations. Notice the cloisters that were once gardens and today serve as cherished Roman, Arab and medieval excavation sites. Visit the cathedral to view its dark and mystical aisles and vaults, and see three Gothic tombs from the 14th century. To visit Se de Lisboa ( Igreja de Santa Maria Maior ) on your holiday in Lisbon, and find out what else Lisbon has to offer, use our Lisbon trip planner.
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  • It differs from the standard, that's why I liked this beautiful cathedral so much. It looks a bit like a castle. Definitely worth the walk.  more »
  • This austere and imposing Cathedral, built inter alia on the ruins of an ancient mosque, dates back to 1150 and, over the centuries, has been damaged by ben 3 earthquakes! It is a Romanesque style building very loved by the inhabitants of Lisbon: the Interior catches your eye with its 3 naves and chapels. To see the treasure, especially the solid gold monstrance and incatonato of precious stones. Worthy of note are the two pipe organs that further embellish the Cathedral.
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  • As you walk through Alfama, you will come across many churches. Stop into each one for a few minutes - if you like what you see, stay longer. The Se Lisbon is not a mindblowing experience, like Alcoba...  more »
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  • Very nice graffiti worth seeing. Cool in the background.
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