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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

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

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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Oporto City Tour with Six Bridges Cruise, Porto, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Oporto City Tour with Six Bridges Cruise

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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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Morning Porto City Tour with Six Bridges Cruise and Lunch, Porto, Day Cruises
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Morning Porto City Tour with Six Bridges Cruise and Lunch

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.)

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Porto the North Capital of Portugal - Private Tour for 4, Northern Portugal, City Tours
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Porto the North Capital of Portugal - Private Tour for 4

Private Day Tour (up to 4 person) to Porto city departing from Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais or Estoril. Drive to Porto city with a private vehicle and guide. This ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: Flexible

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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 - 4 hours

From USD $40.04
Full-Day Heart and Soul of Porto Tour, Porto, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Full-Day Heart and Soul of Porto Tour

Enjoy a day visiting the secret places and the most emblematic spots of the city of Porto. Let yourself be enchanted by the exclusivity of a circuit along the ...  Read more

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

From USD $80.09
Porto City Tour Full Day with Lunch and Wine Tasting, Porto, Vespa, Scooter & Moped Tours
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Porto City Tour Full Day with Lunch and Wine Tasting

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.)

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Porto City Tour Including Lunch, Porto, Cultural Tours
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Porto City Tour Including Lunch

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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 $62.93
Porto the North Capital of Portugal - Private Tour for 7, Northern Portugal, City Tours
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Porto the North Capital of Portugal - Private Tour for 7

Private Day Tour (up to 7 person) to Porto city departing from Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais or Estoril. Drive to Porto city with a private vehicle and guide. ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: Flexible

From USD $778.00
Henry the Navigator Tour, Porto, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Henry the Navigator Tour

Travel in time and discover the medieval Porto, get lost in the narrow streets and find out a past linked to the sea. Know the city, where Henry was born and ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 2 hours 18 minutes (approx.)

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