Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), Porto

Religious Site · Historic Site
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 online travel route planner.
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  • The outstanding "Sé Catedral do Porto" dominates the city's historic center and overlooks the nearby awesome "Rio Douro". The Roman Catholic Cathedral dates from the 12th century and is dedicated to.....  more »
  • What a lovely surprise! There’s so much to see in this beautiful Cathedral for a small fee. Call it a donation rather than an entrance fee.  more »
  • The catheral dominates the landscape of the city and apart from Ribeira is probably Porto's best attraction. I arrived on a Sunday shortly after mass to find a whole gaggle of police motorcycles...  more »
  • I loved it. The church is small but it has the treasure and many tiles. The cloister. And the tower has an incredible view of the city. around the cathedral there were musicians that made the climate wonderful.
  • A very nice and quiet cathedral. We went during the day and were the only people inside. A single entry ticket gets you access to everything including the towers and museum. Great viewpoint for taking pictures just outside the cathedral as well.
  • The cathedral blends very well with the modern town and streets of the city. There is a large number of a variety of shops near the cathedral,and is very well connected with the transport facilities of the city, although a walk will not hurt your eyes. It is very near the douro river bank which is a tourist attraction in itself which is accompanied by a lot of restaurants. Best to visit in the afternoon, this location is the best to spend quality time with family or friends.
  • Great view of the city and the river from the church’s front court. Very nice historic place with many artifacts to look at. Worth going up to the tower. Very nice painted tiles on walls. Nice rooms and small chapels to go in. There is only one restroom with long lines so be prepared. The church is near the top level of the Luis I bridge. There is a little cafe just before the bridge.
  • Nice cathedral. Yet I still do not understand why they charge for people to go in to a church. If you are from a different religion I would understand a bit more. 3.5 stars.

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