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

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Architectural Building Religious Site
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. Make Se de Lisboa ( Igreja de Santa Maria Maior ) a centerpiece of your Lisbon vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Lisbon travel itinerary maker.
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  • The Cathedral of Lisbon is an important religious building although not the most impressive of the churches that are in Portugal. The cathedral was seriously damaged in the 1755 earthquake and repaire...  more »
  • An imposing block of stone with inside elements before the 1755 earthquake. After Sevilla, Granada and Cordoba Se visits we brushed through a second visit by concentrating on the crypt across the road...  more »
  • Featured as the most important cathedral in a city with so many beautiful churches, Se is conveniently located by the line of tram 28. The architecture open towards the sky is inspiring. The stories o...  more »
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  • Nice church to see when walking around this area. Churches are a good way to cool down from the heat. Anytime you see a church, go in. That will help you extend you vitality and the length of your walk. Trust I. Enjoy.
  • I only got to see it from the outside but I liked it. The tram 28 passes just in front of it.
  • Nice cathedral located near Alfama area of Lisbon. Access by foot and explore the Alfama streets or take the famous 28 tram.
  • Another interesting church in Lisbon which is really a lot. It is worth to see the beautiful interior and these colorful stained glass windows.
  • Nice church. Worth looking in the cloisters at the archaeological site.

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