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  • Address: Oporto, Portugal
  • Hours: Open daily 8:30am - 12:30pm and 2:30pm - 7pm. Closed on religious holidays
  • Admission: Free. Admission to Sacristy, Treasury, and Cloisters: € 2

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Porto Se Cathedral Tours

Originally a Romanesque church from the 12th century, the Porto Se Cathedral was rebuilt with a Gothic style about 600 years later. Like other major churches in northern Portugal, this twin-towered cathedral boasts remodeling design by the famed Italian architect and painter Nicolau Nasoni. Perhaps this is why the western façade and interior are undeniably Romanesque. Visitors should take note of its gilded main altar and its silver Altar of the Sacrament.

On the left hand aisle is the statue of Oporto’s patron saint, Nossa Senhora de Vendoma. The interior is decorated by azulejos (blue ceramic tiles), installed in the 18th century.

Apart from the church’s architectural treasures, it is also famed for its view – the terraces on the north and the west sides of the church provide stunning photo opportunities for capturing Oporto’s labyrinthine streets and dwellings.

Practical Info

If planning a walking tour of Oporto, the cathedral should be focal point as it is not only one of Oporto’s most important monuments, but one of Portugal’s, as well.

Inside the church, you will find a marble plaque memorializing the lives lost reclaiming the cathedral from the Spanish soldiers that briefly held it during the Battle of Amarante during the War of the Oranges. Most interesting is that the plaque is backed with magnetite for the purpose of drawing travelers’ attention to the church and the plaque by scrambling their compasses.

The Se Cathedral is near the center of town, but before you visit it or any other attraction in Porto, you may want to take a few hours and get a crash course in Portuguese. Also found in the center of town is the Fast Forward Language Institute, which offers a variety of language courses, including a 3 hour-long "Portuguese for survival" course. After taking this course, practice reading the church's informational literature, then practicing speaking at a bar or restaurant on the Ribeira.

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Private Tour: Porto City and Wine Tasting, Porto, null
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Private Tour: Porto City and Wine Tasting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

This private tour of Porto delivers an insider's experience of this amazing UNESCO city and its famous port wine cellars. You will see the highlights of the ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Private Porto from Lisbon, Lisbon, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Porto from Lisbon

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

This 12-hour tour departs from Lisbon. Forged by some of history's leading architects, Porto's majestically adorned valleys combine Latin charisma, Baroque ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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4-Hour Porto City Tour with Six Bridges Cruise and Wine Tasting, Porto, Private Day Trips
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4-Hour Porto City Tour with Six Bridges Cruise and Wine Tasting

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

Enjoy our guided tour by Porto, northern Portugal's capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site, meeting the most emblematic places of the city! Besides the program ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Porto City Tour Full Day with Lunch and Wine Tasting, Porto, Day Cruises
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Porto City Tour Full Day with Lunch and Wine Tasting

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Spend an amazing day in the north capital in this full-day guided minibus tour through the historical center of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.39
Porto City Tour Half Day with Dinner and live Fado Show, Porto, Cultural Tours
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Porto City Tour Half Day with Dinner and live Fado Show

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For an alternative program and as we have many ways to discover Porto, this time we have prepared a City tour half day for you to meet the Historical Center ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.16
Porto Half-Day Tuk Tuk Private Tour with Lunch, Porto, Half-day Tours
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Porto Half-Day Tuk Tuk Private Tour with Lunch

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Porto City Tour, a private visit to the city, by the historic center, the little streets, 90 minutes and you will be a PRO of our beautiful city. Lunch in a ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.90
Panoramic Porto Tour, Porto, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Panoramic Porto Tour

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Porto is rich with well preserved treasures, including monuments in the Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Neo-classical style. See the major sights such as ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.81
Morning Porto City Tour with Six Bridges Cruise and Lunch, Porto, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Morning Porto City Tour with Six Bridges Cruise and Lunch

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Enjoy our guided tour by Porto, northern Portugal's capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site, meeting the most emblematic places of the city! Besides the program ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.87
Porto City Tour Including Lunch, Porto, City Tours
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Porto City Tour Including Lunch

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

Appreciate the ancient splendor of the Capital of the North of Portugal — the city of Oporto!

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.97
Medieval Porto Full Day Private Tour, Porto, City Tours
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Medieval Porto Full Day Private Tour

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We propose that you follow us on this private tour made for you. Be dazzled by the rich baroque churches and the imposing neoclassical buildings that splash ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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