PORTO CATHEDRAL (SÉ)
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PORTO CATHEDRAL (SÉ)

The Cathedral's location on the highest part of the hill on Rua de São João overlooks the rooftops of the city below and forms an imposing part of the skyline for miles around. It is one of Porto's most popular attraction and rightfully so. Let MADABOUTPORTO.com be your guide to how to get there, what to see and unravel the surrounding the hidden street in the surrounding area. Learn the best places to eat and sleep nearby and browse various tour packages available.


INTRODUCTION TO THE CATHEDRAL

The cathedral sits within the Batalha district, the area which was originally inside the old city walls. It was founded by Dona Teresa, the mother of Afonso Henriques in the early 12th century. It has a long history of alterations. The cathedral is a collection of architectural styles yet with an overall Romanesque feel. Dom João I married Phillipa of Lancaster here in 1387 but they would have a problem recognising the present construction. The only original feature of the main façade remaining is the Romanesque rose window set within a crenellated arch. The crenellations on the Cathedral bears testament to the fact it was built during uncertain times. The façade is flanked by two square bell towers, each supported with two buttresses and crowned with cupolas. The loggia on the North face is accredited to the Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni and dates from around 1736.

THE INTERIOR

Porto Cathedral

Porto Cathedral Exterior

Free to enter the interior consists of three naves, a barrel vault crowns the main. The magnificent 17th-century silver retable located in the north transept was first created by Manuel Teixeira and his son in law Manuel Guedes whilst additions were commissioned later by Pedro Francisco. During the War of the Oranges and the battle at Amarante, a group of Spanish soldiers briefly took control of the Cathedral before being overcome by the locals of the city. A marble plaque with a Magnetite backing now hangs up behind the altar as a reminder of those who lost their lives when regaining control of the cathedral.

Various altarpieces and chapels are dedicated the Marian cult yet under different guises, such Nossa Senhora do Presépio, Nossa Senhora da Silva, Nossa Senhora da Piedade, Nossa Senhora da Esperança, Nossa Senhora da Expectação, Nossa Senhora da Conceição and Nossa Senhora da Vandoma – with this latter being the most important, as she is the patron of Porto and appears on the municipal coat of arms.

April - October: Daily 09h00 – 12h30/14h30 - 18h00 | November - March: Daily 09h00 – 12h30/14h30 - 17h30

THROUGH THE CLOISTERS

Through an entrance on the right-hand side, past the information desk, is the impressive gothic cloister. It was added during the reign of King João I (14th Century) and is notable for its delightful baroque azulejo tiles which cover the walls. A later addition from the 18th century. They're the creation of Valentim de Almeida and depict the life of the Virgin Mary. A Sacristy offshoots the cloister. it is richly decorated in the Baroque style and houses pieces of art and fine furniture.



Casa do Cabildo

Adjoining the cloisters is the Casa do Cabildo which is home to the Cathedral's treasure and was built between 1717 and 1722, under the direction of João Pereira dos Santos. Here too a grand staircase leads you up to the Chapter House, (Salão do capítulo) with its ornate painted ceiling by Giovani Battista Pachini. The painted panels represent fourteen parables and surround Saint Michael. Here too is the small Saint Vincent chapel which is the final resting place for several Bishops. From this vantage point, you can find impressive views on the upper level of the cloister and Cathedral roof.

Cathedral Cloisters

Cathedral Cloisters

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Opening Times


April - October: Daily 09h00 – 12h30/14h30 - 17h30 | November - March: Daily 09h00 – 12h30/14h30 - 17h00
Adult: €3.00, Child: FREE, Porto Card Porto Card: €2.00

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Getting There

São Bento Train Station | Timetable CP Website

Bus: 6, 20, 35, 37, 52 and 78 | Timetable STCP Website

Metro: São Bento (Line D) | Timetable Metro do Porto Website

22 Old Tram: Carmo - Batalha | Timetable STCP Website


Contact Details
Terreiro da Se, Porto, 4050-573, Portugal. | 41° 08' 34.1" N | 08° 36' 40.3" W
+351 222 059 028 |  Website

TOP TOURS

Half Day Porto Photo Tour

Half Day Porto Photo Tour

Half-day Porto Photo Tour in the historical centre, trough old, hidden and colourful streets, admiring the most stunning viewpoints, appreciate the famous hand-painted tiles and street art all over downtown Porto, to make the most beautiful pictures and in the meantime, listen to the history of the most important moments of the city.

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Secret Sites of Porto 3-Hour Walking Tour

Secret Sites of Porto 3 Hr Walking Tour

See a different side of Porto by going on a "Secret Sites" walking tour. Travelling on foot means you will access places that can’t be reached by bus or car. Your guide will take you to hidden places that locals love, such as a beautiful bookshop, historical buildings, and a fantastic spot to taste a custard tart too. On the way to the hidden gems, you’ll also see city highlights such as Liberdade Square and Sé Cathedral. Led by a local informative, friendly and professional guide. Choice of morning or afternoon departure.

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Guided Tour to the Historical Center on a Tuk Tuk

Guided Tuk Tuk Tour in Historical Centre

Take in the beautiful sights and sounds of Porto from the comfort of a private Tuk Tuk. Sip a glass of Port wine as you gain a new perspective on the city’s historic centre, check out the Douro River from several angles, and explore hidden nooks and crannies that other travellers may not experience. Meanwhile, your driver-guide will provide commentary.

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AROUND THE CATHEDRAL

Standing in front of the Cathedral is a reconstruction of Porto's Pillory (Pelourinho) which was built after medieval houses which once stood here were pulled down in the 1940s. Its twisted column is Manueline in style and maybe an accurate depiction of the original 15th-century pillory which stood on the Ribeira.

Close by is a Tourist Information Centre which occupies an old medieval tower. It was renovated in 2000 by architect Fernando Távora and is a peculiar blend of new and old. That said, inside you'll find a helpful and friendly team of advisors willing to offer advice, maps, brochures and contacts for your visit and tours.

The mounted statue which faces downhill is a representation of Vímara Peres, was a ninth-century nobleman from the Kingdom of Asturias who freed the area between the Minho river to the Douro from the Moors and became the first ruler of the County of Portugal.

CASA MUSEU GUERRA JUNQUEIRO MUSEUM

To the rear of the Cathedral is the Casa-Museu Guerra Junqueiro museum and dedicated to the Portuguese writer and poet. This beautiful 18th-century mansion was his home and inside on display is his collection of Iberian and Islamic art. Seljuk pottery, jewellery, glassware, paintings, sculptures, silverware and ceramic figurines.
Tuesday - Saturday: 10h00 – 12h30/14h00 - 17h30, Sunday: 14h00 - 17h30, Monday: CLOSED
Adults: €2.20, Porto Card Porto Card: FREE

32 Rua de Dom Hugo, 4050-305 Porto, Portugal | 41° 08' 33" N | 08° 36' 43" W | +351 222 003 689

Back at the front of the Cathedral, down some steps, is the Miradouro da Rua das Aldas which is a view point over looking the old quarter known as the Bairro da Sé and the river beyond.


(PAÇO DO BISPO) EPISCOPAL PALACE

The grandiose façade which lies to the south side of the cathedral (Sé) is the former residence of Porto's bishops, the Episcopal Palace. What you see today is a construction dating back to 1737 and is attributed to the master architect Nicolau Nasoni. However, fragments of a 13th-century building have been discovered here. The elaborate baroque and rococo styled frontage is entered through an ornate arch flanked by pilasters and topped with a decorative pediment containing the coat of arms of Bishop D. Rafael de Mendonça. After a long period of closure, the palace is now open to the public and makes a fantastic addition to a visit to the cathedral district.
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Miradouro da Rua das Aldas

Miradouro da Rua das Aldas


Paço do Bispo, Episcopal Palace

Paço do Bispo, Episcopal Palace


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BAIRRO DA SÉ

Largo da Pena Ventosa

Largo da Pena Ventosa



Yellow Bus Tour

Lisbon has the Alfama, Porto has the Bairro da Sé. The area cascading down the hill from the Cathedral to the riverside is the oldest part of Porto. It is a warren of narrow streets, stairways, over-hanging tall medieval houses and old city walls. The district is a hodgepodge of shapes and colour. Buildings which all seem to lean against their neighbours to stay aloft. There's a shabby chicness to the Bairro da Sé with the buildings in various states of preservation. This area has borne witness Portugal's fortune, both good and bad. There are a few quaint small squares, such as the colourful Largo da Pena Ventosa, traditional taverns and cafés here. Cats look out of open windows, old ladies sit in doorways preparing vegetables, washing hangs overhead and flower pots adorn window ledges – Bairro da Sé is a photographers paradise.

Igreja de São Lourenço/MASA (Museu de Arte Sacra e Arqueologia)

Construction started on this church in the 16th Century yet it was not completed until the 18th. Colloquially referred to as the Igreja dos Grilos (Cricket Church) serves a dual purpose, one as a convent and a church, the other as home to the Sacred Art and Archaeology Museum. The array of exhibits dating as far back as the 13th century and includes sculptures, painting, illuminated manuscripts, jewellery, vestments, religious adornments and archaeological items. The church itself is somewhat stark by Porto standards.

Monday - Saturday: 10h00 - 18h00, Sunday: CLOSED
Adults: €3.00, Concessionary: €1.50, Child: FREE. Porto Card Porto Card: -50%
Largo do Colégio, 4050-208 Porto, Portugal | 41° 08' 32.2" N | 08° 36' 46.6" W
+351 223 395 020 | museu.seminariomaior@gmail.com