Lisbon Cathedral

Cathedral in Lisbon

Lisbon Cathedral
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The Lisbon Cathedral presents an austere exterior, characterized by a predominantly Romanesque style, though subsequent modifications have seamlessly integrated various architectural influences, lending it a distinctive charm.

Externally, stout walls flanked by twin bell towers impart a fortress-like aura, reminiscent of medieval strongholds rather than religious edifices. The façade, retaining its 12th-century Romanesque design, features a prominent central rose window as its focal point.

Upon entering, visitors encounter a sanctuary adorned with subtle decorative elements amidst its austerity. Notable features include the baptismal fountain of Saint Anthony of Padua, 14th-century sarcophagi, and a striking Gothic chapel from the same period.

Historically, the Lisbon Cathedral has withstood the ravages of time and natural disasters, emerging resilient from various challenges. Its most significant trial occurred during the Great Earthquake of 1755, which necessitated extensive renovations following widespread destruction.

The cathedral’s Gothic cloister, reminiscent of the Jerónimos Monastery albeit smaller, showcases remnants of its Roman, Arab, and Medieval heritage. Recent excavations have unearthed artifacts shedding light on Lisbon’s rich history, making a visit to the cloister a rewarding experience.

The cathedral’s treasury, housed in the sacristy’s upper chambers, boasts an impressive collection of suits, jewels, and relics spanning diverse epochs. While there may be a nominal entrance fee, exploring this treasury is highly recommended for its historical significance and cultural richness.


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Visiting Lisbon Cathedral

Hours:

Daily: 9 am to 7 pm.

Cloister: 10 am to 6 pm (Sunday from 2 pm). May through September until 7 pm.

Treasury: 10 am to 5 pm. Closed on Sundays and holidays.


Price:

Adults: € 5 (£ 4.30) Children 7-12 years old: € 3 (£ 2.60) Children under 6: free entry

Address: Lisbon Cathedral, Largo da Sé, Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 20 minutes

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