Sé Catedral do Porto (Porto Cathedral), Porto

Sé Catedral do Porto (Porto Cathedral), Porto (must see)

In 868, Vimara Peres, an Asturias nobleman born in 820, conquered Moorish held lands north of the river Douro. One of the towns he took went by the name Portus Cale. Portus Cale became Portucale, the county he would rule. The town became Porto. Penaventosa, the highest hill in Portus Cale, became the site of Porto Cathedral.

The hill was once the location of a Suebian Church. Work began on the Cathedral in the 12th century. There were fits and starts over the years, but the building was finally considered complete in 1737. It is the most impressive Romanesque style edifice in Porto. On top of Penaventosa it sits, fortress-like, overlooking the town.

The cathedral is flanked by twin square towers. Each tower is buttressed and topped with a cupola. The western façade has 15th century Gothic ornamentation. There is also an impressive Gothic cloister installed in 1736 by Nicolau Nasoni, an architect from Tuscany who settled in Portugal.

On the northern side of the cathedral is a baroque porch and a Romanesque rose window under a crenelated arch. The crenellations reinforce the impression of a fortress. The nave is not wide. It is covered with a barrel vault.

The baroque apse is decorated with paintings by Nasoni. The altarpiece of the chapel was designed by Santos Pacheco. The south transept is decorated with blue azulejo tiles.

Mass is celebrated every day at 11am.

Why You Should Visit:
You wouldn't want to miss the city's oldest and most visited monument! The square also offers impressive views over the city, the Douro River and the wine cellars on the waterfront.

Tip:
While admission to the Porto Cathedral is free, there's a small fee to get into the Sacred Art Museum and the magnificent Gothic cloisters attached to the church. If you're feeling fit you can also climb the tower (steps are steep and numerous!) for amazing views, including at the bits of the cathedral you can't see from further down.

Opening Hours:
[Cathedral] Mon-Sat: 9am-7pm; Sun & holydays: 9am-12:30pm / 2:30-7pm (Apr-Oct); Mon-Sat: 9am-6pm; Sun & holydays: 9am-12:30pm/ 2:30-6pm (Nov-Mar)
[Cloisters] Mon-Sat: 9am-6:30pm; Sun & holydays 2:30-6:30pm (Apr-Oct); Mon-Sat: 9am-5:30pm; Sun & holydays: 2:30-5:30pm (Nov-Mar)

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Sé Catedral do Porto (Porto Cathedral) on Map

Sight Name: Sé Catedral do Porto (Porto Cathedral)
Sight Location: Porto, Portugal (See walking tours in Porto)
Sight Type: Religious
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