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Lisbon Cathedral

The oldest church in Lisbon

The Lisbon Cathedral is located in the Alfama district. Its construction began in the second half of the 12th century, after the conquest of the city from the Moors.

Towers of Lisbon Cathedral seen from the Tagus

Lisbon Cathedral is one of the city’s main tourist attractions, located in the heart of the old Alfama district. It is the oldest church in Lisbon and one of the most important religious buildings in Portugal.

One of the main attractions of the Lisbon Cathedral is its treasury, which includes valuable objects such as relics, jewels and sacred art and extends over four halls. The Lisbon Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of Lisbon, also houses relics of St. Vincent and St. Anthony. It’s an excellent opportunity to get to know the city’s history and culture.

The history of Lisbon Cathedral dates back to the 12th century. This cathedral began to be built in 1147 as a Romanesque church, shortly after Lisbon was taken from the Moors during the reign of King Afonso Henriques.

Main façade of Lisbon Cathedral
Main façade of Lisbon Cathedral

Connection with Portuguese royalty

Lisbon Cathedral is also known for its history and connection with Portuguese royalty. Lisbon Cathedral was the official church of the royal family for many centuries. It is also the place where many of Portugal’s kings and queens were crowned. The only secular people buried in Lisbon Cathedral are King Afonso IV and his wife Beatriz.

If you want to visit the Cathedral, you should know that Mass is celebrated every Sunday from 11:30am. Therefore, tourist visits are suspended on that day. However, be sure to check the price list for more details.

It is undoubtedly an excellent place to explore and appreciate its 800 years of history, as well as discover the building’s connection to Lisbon’s culture.

Its beauty can also be seen on a boat trip along the Tagus River. You can see the Lisbon Cathedral as well as many other historical monuments that bring Lisbon to life.

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