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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 you've seen one Se' you've seen them all but each one is important to its local history. And all are magnificent and grand. The ones in Lisbon have much history and are always a moving experience.  more »
  • This is a fine cathedral, but the most appealing feature is the view from the walls at the back. Spectacular.  more »
  • No matter how you walk Porto, you will see/pass the Se. Nice Praca right in front. Picturesque spot for a break from walking the city and starting point for the little alley to walk down to Ribeira di...  more »
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  • This was the best church/cathedral/monastery/religious site I visited in Portugal. Granted, I only went to a few in Lisbon and Porto, so I am in no way an authoritative voice, but at some point, all of these religious buildings start blending in and look the same, if you have untrained eyes like me :P The reason I say it was the best is because it has everything you would expect in a Portuguese catheral and is not excessively ornate like many others. It has beautiful Azulejo murals that the country is famous for, has all the necessary rooms (e.g. sacristy, court yard, etc) and is calm and beautiful. The entrance fee was merely 3€ which is totally worth it (price of 3 espressos if you think about it). Sé of Porto is the best choice I made, in terms of value I got out of the tiny entrance fee
  • Must see. At least main cathedral. Optionally you can go and see treasury and other rooms for a small fee. Impressive main altar.
  • The cathedral part is nice, but i liked the corridor area with the tiles. The cost was only 2 euros with the porto card
  • Α historical gothic church.... a symbol of the christianity in Portugal...
  • I didn't find the interior quite as impressive as some of the churches in Lisbon and elsewhere in Portugal (partially because there's little ornamentation on the sides), and the city view isn't the best in Porto, but it's certainly worth a visit if you're in the area. Can't comment on the areas that are paid entry.

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Portugal's second city offers a healthy variety and quantity of accessible accommodations. The historical city center on the northern bank of the River Douro teems with hotel options, ranging from budget-friendly hostels and guesthouses, which often have shared rooms, to upscale, luxury hotels housed in larger buildings and packed with amenities. All of these options place you conveniently close to the town's main sights, including churches, historical squares, and more. On top of that, many hotels on the northern bank boast good views from their hilltop vantage points. If you want to save big on cost, it's worth considering a more low-key hostel or small hotel on the less-popular southern bank.
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