Porto Cathedral

Cathedral in Porto

Porto Cathedral
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Built in the highest part of the city, the Sé Cathedral is the most important religious building in Porto. It is located in the Batalha district, next to the walls that once protected the city. The exterior of the building has the appearance of a fortress with battlements.

The Porto Cathedral, also known as Sé do Porto, is a National Monument and the most significant religious structure in the city. Located in the upper area of Porto, the Cathedral is situated in Batalha, close to the ancient city walls. Its exterior resembles a fortress with crenellations. The construction of the Cathedral began in the 12th century, but it has undergone several renovations and rebuilds over the centuries, resulting in a mix of architectural styles. The majority of the Cathedral is Baroque, but the façade and nave are Romanesque and the cloister and one chapel are Gothic. Inside, the nave appears narrow with high ceilings and minimal decoration, with only the high altar and some chapels featuring Baroque decor. The 14th century cloister can be accessed through a door to the right of the temple and features tilework depicting scenes from the Bible. The Casa do Cabildo, which houses the Cathedral Treasure collection of valuable possessions, can also be visited from the cloiste

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Visiting Porto Cathedral


April – October: 9 am – 6:30 pm.

November – March: 9 am – 5:30 pm


Cathedral: Free entrance. Cloisters €3

Address: Porto Cathedral, Terreiro da Sé, Porto, Portugal
Duration: 30 minutes

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