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    O Sé, Can You See?

    by travelfrosch Written May 11, 2015

    Porto's Cathedral, or Sé, is proudly hailed by city residents from the dawn's early light to the twilight's last gleaming (and no doubt at night, too). The Romanesque Cathedral was built in the 12th Century, with the feel on the outside of more of a fortress than a church.

    Entrance to the cathedral is free, as is entry to the attached museum and cloister (though no doubt donations are happily accepted). Hours are daily from 9AM - 12:30 PM and 2:30 - 7PM (6PM off season). Closing times for the museum and cloister are 1/2 hour before church closing time. Conservative dress is required for both women and men (i.e., no shorts or sleeveless shirts).

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    Cathedral fortress

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Sep 16, 2014

    The cathedral was my first visit in Oporto. I went there because in front I wanted to have a stamp in my Pilgrims Crredential. I was making on foot the Camino to Santiago de Compostela. Finally the stamp was given to me in the Touirst OOffice, just in front of the cathedral. I also got the address of a shelter to spend the night.
    I visited it inside the cloister. For pilgrims showinf the Credential it was free of charge.
    But the best was the view over the River Duero (Douro in Portuguese) and the cities of Oporto and Gaia.

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    The Se

    by antistar Updated Dec 15, 2013

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    Built on solid rock the cathedral of Porto looks more like it was built to withstand a siege than to impress the faithful with ostentatious design. I guess this isn't surprising considering that it was built in the 12th century, during the ongoing battle against the Muslims. Today it stands as a rock, like the one its sits on, at the top of the old medieval town that winds its way through steep narrow streets down to the river Douro below. It marks the beginning of the old town, and you can explore a maze of incredible, if slightly unnerving, medieval passageways.

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    Sé Catedral do Porto

    by ValbyDK Updated Jun 14, 2013

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    Sé Catedral do Porto (the Porto Cathedral) is located in the historical city centre of Porto. The fortress-like cathedral was built between the 12th and 13th century, but has been extensively altered in the 17th and 18th centuries.

    A mass was about to start when I visited and I only had a quick look at the many richly decorated altars around the cathedral... Instead I spend some time at the connected Gothic cloister, built in the 14th century. It was quite interesting; many walls were covered with magnificent blue and white tiles, the sacristy was beautiful decorated, and a couple of the chapels were worth a visit - for instance Capela S. João Evangelista and Capela de S. Vicente with its golden altarpiece...

    Outside Sé Catedral do Porto is a small square with a nice view of Porto. The square is also home of the Episcopal Palace (which is the former residence of the bishops of Porto - now municipal offices) and a Manueline-style monument.

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    Just SE, the night views.

    by Oleg_D. Written May 31, 2013

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    Cathedral of Porto or just SE, Sedes Episcopalis which means Bishop’s Residence in Latin was founded in XII century. Unfortunately many reconstructions of later centuries changed the appearance of that Cathedral dramatically. It is neither Romanesque, nor Gothic anymore. Only Gothic Rose window is reminds us about it original architecture. Anyway it is still the monument of national architecture and historical monument. A lot of important and remarkable events of Portuguese history took place in that Cathedral. The founder of Aviz dynasty King Joao I married Philippa Lancaster the daughter of John Gaunt the 1-st Duke of Lancaster exactly here. Their son known to us as Enrique the Navigator was baptized here.
    There is excellent gothic cloister and small museum of sacred arts in the Cathedral. Sacristy is not big but luxurious.
    If you are going to start your pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela to venerate the Holy relics of Saint James the Apostle you can get your Credential (The pilgrim’s passport) here.
    Fortunately, excellent Gothic cloisters survived till nowadays. White and blue typical Portuguese azulejos (decorative tiles) were added in XVIII century. Although admission to Cathedral itself is free all visitors without any exemptions should pay three euros to visit the cloisters and I can confirm it worth to pay this amount and visit the place!
    Non commercial photo without flash light and tripod is allowed.
    Opening hours:
    Mon-Sat.: 8:40 am-12:30 pm; 14:30 pm-18:00 pm
    Sunday and public holidays: 8:30am-12:30pm; 14:30pm-18:00pm
    From April to October the cathedral closing time is at 19:00 pm
    Admission free.
    Cloister
    Opening hours:
    Mon-Sat.: 9:00am-12:15pm; 14:30pm-17:15 pm
    Sunday and public holidays: 14:30pm-17:15 pm
    From April to October the closing time is at 18:00 pm.
    Tickets: € 3,00

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    Just SE, the Interiors.

    by Oleg_D. Written May 31, 2013

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    Cathedral of Porto or just SE, Sedes Episcopalis which means Bishop’s Residence in Latin was founded in XII century. Unfortunately many reconstructions of later centuries changed the appearance of that Cathedral dramatically. It is neither Romanesque, nor Gothic anymore. Only Gothic Rose window is reminds us about it original architecture. Anyway it is still the monument of national architecture and historical monument. A lot of important and remarkable events of Portuguese history took place in that Cathedral. The founder of Aviz dynasty King Joao I married Philippa Lancaster the daughter of John Gaunt the 1-st Duke of Lancaster exactly here. Their son known to us as Enrique the Navigator was baptized here.
    There is excellent gothic cloister and small museum of sacred arts in the Cathedral. Sacristy is not big but luxurious.
    If you are going to start your pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela to venerate the Holy relics of Saint James the Apostle you can get your Credential (The pilgrim’s passport) here.
    Fortunately, excellent Gothic cloisters survived till nowadays. White and blue typical Portuguese azulejos (decorative tiles) were added in XVIII century. Although admission to Cathedral itself is free all visitors without any exemptions should pay three euros to visit the cloisters and I can confirm it worth to pay this amount and visit the place!
    Non commercial photo without flash light and tripod is allowed.
    Opening hours:
    Mon-Sat.: 8:40 am-12:30 pm; 14:30 pm-18:00 pm
    Sunday and public holidays: 8:30am-12:30pm; 14:30pm-18:00pm
    From April to October the cathedral closing time is at 19:00 pm
    Admission free.
    Cloister
    Opening hours:
    Mon-Sat.: 9:00am-12:15pm; 14:30pm-17:15 pm
    Sunday and public holidays: 14:30pm-17:15 pm
    From April to October the closing time is at 18:00 pm.
    Tickets: € 3,00

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    Just SE!

    by Oleg_D. Updated May 31, 2013

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    Cathedral of Porto or just SE, Sedes Episcopalis which means Bishop’s Residence in Latin was founded in XII century. Unfortunately many reconstructions of later centuries changed the appearance of that Cathedral dramatically. It is neither Romanesque, nor Gothic anymore. Only Gothic Rose window is reminds us about it original architecture. Anyway it is still the monument of national architecture and historical monument. A lot of important and remarkable events of Portuguese history took place in that Cathedral. The founder of Aviz dynasty King Joao I married Philippa Lancaster the daughter of John Gaunt the 1-st Duke of Lancaster exactly here. Their son known to us as Enrique the Navigator was baptized here.
    There is excellent gothic cloister and small museum of sacred arts in the Cathedral. Sacristy is not big but luxurious.
    If you are going to start your pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela to venerate the Holy relics of Saint James the Apostle you can get your Credential (The pilgrim’s passport) here.
    Non commercial photo without flash light and tripod is allowed.
    Opening hours:
    Mon-Sat.: 8:40 am-12:30 pm; 14:30 pm-18:00 pm
    Sunday and public holidays: 8:30am-12:30pm; 14:30pm-18:00pm
    From April to October the cathedral closing time is at 19:00 pm
    Admission free.
    Cloister
    Opening hours:
    Mon-Sat.: 9:00am-12:15pm; 14:30pm-17:15 pm
    Sunday and public holidays: 14:30pm-17:15 pm
    From April to October the closing time is at 18:00 pm.

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    Just SE, the Cloisters.

    by Oleg_D. Written May 31, 2013

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    Fortunately, excellent Gothic cloisters survived till nowadays. White and blue typical Portuguese azulejos (decorative tiles) were added in XVIII century. Although admission to Cathedral itself is free all visitors without any exemptions should pay three euros to visit the cloisters and I can confirm it worth to pay this amount and visit the place! Non commercial photo without flash light and tripod is allowed.
    Cloister
    Opening hours:
    Mon-Sat.: 9:00am-12:15pm; 14:30pm-17:15 pm
    Sunday and public holidays: 14:30pm-17:15 pm
    From April to October the closing time is at 18:00 pm.
    Tickets: € 3,00

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    The Cathedral

    by jorgec25 Written Aug 13, 2009

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    The construction Works on the cathedral began on the 12 th century, and over the centuries there were constant renovation works, the last of them already in the 20 th century.

    The result of all these works is an interesting mixed of styles, mainly Romanic and Gothic. The inner courtyards are a must see.

    The cathedral is located in a privileged part of the city, offering some great views.

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    Cathedral - Se

    by magor65 Updated Jul 5, 2007

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    Porto cathedral grew and changed with the city. It was designed in Romanesque style but its appearance was much altered in the next epochs.

    With its squat towers it looks a bit like a fortress.

    The cathedral witnessed a very important event in the history of Portugal. Here King Jao I and Philipa Lancaster were married in 1387. Their marriage followed a treaty of alliance between Portugal and England signed a year before. John I ruled for 50 years and that time is often referred to as a golden age in the history of Portugal. One of the couple's children was a famous Henry the Navigator (born in Porto), who organised many expeditions in search of new lands.

    What impressed me most in the cathedral were the cloisters covered by azulejos depicting various mythological and religious scenes. Another interesting thing is the Silver Altar of the Sacrament. But frankly speaking the cathedral is mostly worth visiting for the views. Its elevated position offers great views over the roof-tops of the city. It was also the place from where we and hundreds aof other people admired the firework display on St. John's night.

    In front of the cathedral there is a square with a pillory (pelourinho). The pillory was built in 19th century and it has a purely decorative function - no punishments were ever held here.

    The cathedral is beautifully lit at night; it looks much more graceful then.

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    Cathedral (Se)

    by el_ruso Written Jan 2, 2006

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    This large building was built originally in the XI century, right when Porto was reconquered by the Catholic kings and became a new capital of Portocalem. It is built on a promontory which offers spectacular views over the city. There is a typical 'pelourinho', pillory column, here, as well as a baroque bishop's palace. One of the sides of the cathedral has a portico decorated with beautiful azulejos.

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    The cathedral: gothic cloister

    by van_aeken Written May 9, 2005

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    No matter how many gothic cloisters should you have seen yet, I'm sure this is not just another one. The architecture is from the 14th century, but it has the walls covered by panels of tiles, depicting scenes from "The Metamorphosis" (Ovidius) and the life of Mother Mary.
    The tiles (azulejos) were added in the 18th century.

    The gothic cloister
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    The cathedral

    by van_aeken Written May 9, 2005

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    The cathedral, built in the 12-13th centuries, is a romanesque building, but it has undergone changes as centuries passed. A gothic cloister was added in the 14th century, and in the 18th the outside was modified whith some baroque additions (the main portal and the top of the towers, as you may see in the picture).
    The inside still retains most of the medieval atmosphere.

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    Se cathedral

    by Folbi Updated May 8, 2005

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    You can't miss it while in Porto as it looks like a massive fortress situated on the heights of the city. The views from there on the old town and the Douro are very nice. The church itself is again better seen by night. The inside of the church looks like .. the inside of a church. For church amateurs only.
    From the church you can walk down to the Douro bank following nice steep and narrow path in the old town.

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    Sé Catedral

    by bambino36 Updated Dec 14, 2004

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    The Porto Cathedral was built in the 12th century in romanesque style. The long age of the cathedral can be seen in the bell towers, which gives the building its fortress appearance.
    Across the centuries the Cathedral suffered many changes, the powerful looking buttresses on the main façade stand either side of the original Romanesque rose window and the 18th century doorway.

    Open everyday
    To visit the cloisters it costs 2€

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