Porto Cathedral

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This imposing Gothic Cathedral marks all the photos of Porto.

 

From all over the city you can glimpse the two towers and the rosette that characterizes this Portuguese National Monument. The Porto Cathedral is thus one of the most important monuments of the city. 

 

Its history is strongly linked with the advent of Portuguese nationality. It has to go back to the 19th century. XII, more precisely until 1113, when Countess D. Teresa (mother of D. Afonso Henriques), granted the landlord of Oporto to Bishop D. Hugo, a Benedictine monk who belonged to the Cluny Monastery . In addition to donating the territory, D. Teresa encourages him to build the Porto Cathedral. However, it is already in the reign of D. Afonso Henriques, through the strong patronage of Queen D. Mafalda, that the construction work of the Sé do Porto is almost completed. From then on, the work progressed more slowly and was finally completed in the 19th century. XIV.

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This sturdy, imposing granite construction falls into the category of church-fortress, characteristic of the Romanesque constructions of the time. There were several times that churches and cathedrals performed functions in the military geostrategy of the territories, hence presenting this type of construction.

Apart from its undeniable artistic, architectural and cultural value, the Porto Cathedral has also been linked to remarkable ceremonies in the history of Portugal. It was here that the royal marriage of D. João I (Mestre de Avis) with D. Filipa Lencastre (marriage that reinforced and strengthened ties between the British and Portuguese crowns ) and the baptism of Infante D. Henrique took place.

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Its gothic cloister is of indescribable beauty. Its walls are lined with precious cobalt blue tiles dating from the 19th century. XVII, there are some passages from the Canticle of Canticles. Here you can also visit the Chapel of Our Lady of Expectation, that of Our Lady of Conception (patron saint of Portugal), and the Chapel of Our Lady of Hope , founded only in the 19th century. XV. In its western wing are two doors that allow access to Casa do Cabido.

 

Visitors to the Cathedral of Porto can not fail to visit its most valuable Treasury Room. The Treasury Room has access through the Chapel of St. John the Evangelist, and contains elements of great artistic value, but its true exlibris is the tomb of John Gordo, knight of the Order of Malta, and D. Dinis's bailiff.

Openinge hours and other information

 

From April to October: from 09 am to 12:30 pm and from 2:30 pm  to 7 pm hours (cloister from 9 am to 12:15 pm and from 14:30 to 18:30).  

From November to March: from 9 am to 12:30 pm (cloister until 12:15 pm) and from 2:30 pm to 6 pm (cloister until 5:30 pm). 

On Sundays and religious holidays, the cloister opens only in the afternoon.

On Christmas and Easter day it is closed.

How to get to Porto's Cathedral

If you are still planning your visit, click here to find out how to get to Porto.  

If arriving by train, S. Bento station is just 300 meters from Porto Cathedral. 

If you arrive in the city by bus, you will get off at Campo 24 de Agosto bus station. From here to Porto Cathedral, it is only 15 minutes on foot (1.5km).

Adress: Sé do Porto, Terreiro da Sé, 4050-573 Porto | GPSCoordinates  N 41º 08.567' W 008º 36.557'

 

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