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

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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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  • Really nice architecture. So bad it was closed as many places we tried to visit in Coimbra. Also, it was impossible to take a nice picture of the Facade because everything was full of cars.  more »
  • Old Cathedral of Coimbra was built in 1162 and is one of the most characteristic monuments of Romanesque architecture in Portugal. From the outside, it looks like a fortress. The cathedral has been...  more »
  • This place is worth a visit. Best done walking from the university.
  • Magical place. Full of old stuff. There is some bishops buried there, funny if you think how many people may died there. There is also an old tree in the backyard. Bottomline: if you like old stuff, that is your place.

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