Lisbon Cathedral

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This medieval cathedral is the oldest church in the city and combines a wide range of architectural styles, including gothic, Roman and neoclassical.

The Lisbon Cathedral (the Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa) is a must-see for lovers of architecture. It is the oldest religious structure in Lisbon and has been modified several times, so it reflects many different architectural styles.

Wander through the cathedral to see evidence of design from the Romanesque, gothic and baroque periods. The first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques, commissioned this church on the site of a former mosque. Since then, it has served as a Roman Catholic Church and the seat of the diocese of Lisbon.

One of the cathedral’s most impressive elements is the fortress-like façade that was built in the 12th century. The façade provided a menacing appearance so that the cathedral could be used to protect guards during a siege.

Wander around to the west-facing façade, which still has a number of eye-catching original details. Note the Romanesque motifs at the top of the portal’s sculptured columns.

Walk inside to view the dramatic gothic vault. Look for the baroque-style sacristy that was erected in the 17th century. Walk up to the neoclassical main chapel where King Afonso’s tomb is preserved. You can also see the font where Saint Anthony of Padua was said to have been baptized in 1195 A.D.

King Dinis of Portugal commissioned the construction of a gothic-style cloister on the east side of the cathedral at the end of the 13th century. It was substantially damaged in an earthquake but the remains are still visible today.

The Lisbon Cathedral is located in the Alfama district. Arrive by tram or on foot from other attractions in the historic center. There’s a small fee to see the cloister and sacristy.

The cathedral is open Monday through Friday. Visit in the mornings to avoid the crowds. It is a particularly beautiful time to visit when the morning light streams through the windows.

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Esqina Cosmopolitan Lodge
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Behotelisboa
Behotelisboa
4 out of 5
Rua dos Correeiros, 136, Lisbon
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Hotel da Baixa
Hotel da Baixa
4 out of 5
231 Rua da Prata, Lisbon
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Best Lodging Options Near Lisbon Cathedral

Lisbon Serviced Apartments Madalena
Lisbon Serviced Apartments Madalena
4 out of 5
Rua da Madalena, n. 36, Lisbon
The price is $49 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
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Esqina Cosmopolitan Lodge
4 out of 5
Rua da Madalena, 195, Lisbon
The price is $65 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
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Behotelisboa
4 out of 5
Rua dos Correeiros, 136, Lisbon
The price is $72 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
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Hotel da Baixa
Hotel da Baixa
4 out of 5
231 Rua da Prata, Lisbon
The price is $111 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
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Hotel Santa Justa Lisboa
4 out of 5
Rua dos Correeiros, 204, Lisbon
The price is $88 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
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Villa Baixa - Lisbon Luxury Apartments
4 out of 5
Rua de Santa Justa 45, Lisbon
The price is $126 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
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Memmo Alfama
4 out of 5
Travessa das Merceeiras, 27 - Alfama, Lisbon
The price is $142 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
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Rossio Plaza Hotel
Rossio Plaza Hotel
3 out of 5
Rua do Ouro, 266, Lisbon
The price is $85 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
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4 out of 5
Rua da Misericordia, 76, Lisbon
The price is $79 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
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