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Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), Porto

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Visit Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), one of the country's prime Romanesque monuments, featuring two square towers supported by a counterfort, a baroque porch, and a gothic chapel. Apart from being the largest church, this cathedral is also among the oldest monuments in the city. The site served as a wedding spot of King John I, and Prince Henry the Navigator was baptized at the site. Dating back to the 12th century, the structure you see today was finalized in 1737. See its Gothic cloisters featuring blue and white Baroque tiles, check out an art collection within, and look for the silver-adorned altarpiece held in the chapel. Make Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) part of your personalized Porto itinerary using our Porto trip itinerary planner.
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  • If outside of this Gothic Cathedral seems a bit austere, the inside should charm you with its altar silver, its cloister and its treasure. Attention pays a part of the visit. Since the huge courtyard you will have a great view on the lower part of the city. You can find also in this Courtyard the tourist office and not far away you can hear the FADO at the Academy of music or then crossed the top of the bridge
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  • This beautiful monument, was built in the 12th century in Romanesque style. In the Gothic period was built the funerary chapel of João Gordo, Knight of the order of the Hospitallers.
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  • We also visited the cloister: 3 euros for adults, 2 for my teens. Simple but nice, very beautiful Azulejos downstairs and upstairs. Only problem: when we enter the cloister a young woman dressed in black asked us if she could take our picture in front of an Azulejos for l help for his work, my son 1 accepts, I refuse, I do not like photos, she was not happy! And out we have right to a pouch with the wrong photo, a small booklet and a Cd of Fado for 10 euros! Never seen this in a cathedral or church!
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  • A must visit in Oporto. The interior is just gorgeous. It also has beautiful surroundings and a nice view of the Oporto city.
  • At the top of Porto pretty much and has tiled facade on one side which is gated and therefore really keeps tourists from getting too close meaning good photo opportunity! As it's at the top of the hill it has great views over the city and if you keep going you will find stairs leading you down to the Ribeira and / or the lower deck of the Ponte D. Luis.
  • Porto Cathedral is awesome, as George W. Bush once said of a speech by Pope Benedict XVI at the White House. The Cathedral is worth the visit per se but you may also visit the Episcopal Palace nearby. You can then go downhill to Ribeira via either stairs (Escadas da Verdade or Escadas do Codeçal) or to Rua das Flores via Rua da Banharia.
  • When visiting Porto one must stop by this beautiful Romanesque Monument. Visit the interior and the surrounding area and take in the amazing views of the river and the city. From here you can walk toward the river and cross Luis I Bridge over to Gaia.
  • We've been to the ruins of Saint Andrew's Cathedral recently and being inside another cathedral whit a similar design that still stands after nearly 900 years was really striking. Saint Andrew's was of course much bigger on its time of glory, but the fact that Catedral da Sé is so well conserved makes it a must go if in Porto.