Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra), Coimbra

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Considered one of the most important Romanesque Roman Catholic structures in the country, Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra) is also one of Portugal's best-preserved cathedrals. While other structures had to be greatly remodeled or renovated over time, especially after the Great Earthquake of 1755, this church has remained relatively intact. The original medieval structure was very basic and built in the 13th century. The Romanesque style for which it is now famous was designed later by architect Master Robert. Peruse the facades of this cathedral, including the Renaissance-style portal that was added in the 16th century, before exploring its interior. Take in hundreds of years of history while walking through this architectural and artistic site. Use our Coimbra trip planner to arrange your visit to Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra) and other attractions in Coimbra.
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  • A nice place if you have less than an hour to kill (which includes taking lots of pictures). Similar to Lisbon's somewhat plain cathedral, there isn't a whole lot to take in, but there are some... 
    A nice place if you have less than an hour to kill (which includes taking lots of pictures). Similar to Lisbon's somewhat plain cathedral, there isn't a whole lot to take in, but there are some...  more »
  • Beautiful exterior/ entrance. Big stone construction. Cloisters is wonderful. We found it by accident and then found it was on our walk. If you go to see the University this is on the way down to... 
    Beautiful exterior/ entrance. Big stone construction. Cloisters is wonderful. We found it by accident and then found it was on our walk. If you go to see the University this is on the way down to...  more »
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  • Likewise the capital's Se, this is the oldest Cathedral in Coimbra. It's set beneath the University square plateau. However the first appearance was bad due to heavy construction works going on all around it. It's a 12c Romanesque edifice with a fortress like exterior. Interiors, paying a few Euros are interesting to see, but skippable if you saw the Lisbon's as are pretty much the same.
  • 2.5e for the entrance fee. Access to the Romanesque church and the cloister. Quite informative about the tumultuous past of Coimbra.

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