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Lisbon Cathedral

Lisbon Cathedral, better known as Sé de Lisboa, is the oldest and most important church in the city. Its construction dates from the twelfth century, and is predominantly Romanesque in style. Its official name is Santa Maria Maior.

Lisbon Cathedral, Maria Maior de Lisboa
Lisbon Cathedral, Maria Maior de Lisboa

Lisbon Cathedral, Sé de Lisboa
Lisbon Cathedral, Sé de Lisboa

Surprisingly, it has survived several natural disasters, like the great earthquake of 1755, which left part of the religious edifice in ruins. Throughout the centuries, the Cathedral has been renovated and rebuilt on various occasions.

The cloister and ruins

The Cathedral’s Gothic styled cloister is similar in style to Jerónimos Monastery, although it is a little smaller. Inside the cloister, you’ll see several Roman, Arabic and Medieval remains, which have been excavated a few years ago.

The cloister is well-worth discovering, even though you the entrance fee is 2.50€.


The treasury is located on the second floor of the Cathedral. It is made up of four halls with suits, jewels and relics from various periods.


Largo da Sé 1100.

When to visit

All the week: 7am to 7pm.
Cloister: 10am to 5pm (Sunday from 2pm). May through September 7pm.
Treasury: 10am to 5pm. Closed on Sunday.


Cathedral: Free entrance.
Cloister: €2.50.
Treasury: €2.50.
Students: 50% discount.


Tram: lines 28 and 12.
Bus: line 37.


Lisbon Cathedral, location map

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