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Visiting the Lisbon Cathedral – Sé de Lisboa, Portugal

Last updated on August 22nd, 2022

Lisbon Cathedral, or the Sé de Lisboa, is a Catholic church in Lisbon. Built in the 12th century, it is the oldest church in the city and is one of the most significant monuments of Portugal for historical, architectural and spiritual reasons. A great example of combining different architectural styles to create something beautiful, visiting the Cathedral is a must for anyone who enjoys history and architecture. This guide contains helpful information for you to know about the Lisbon Cathedral in Portugal, including its history, ticket pricing, and how to get to the Sé. 

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of the Sé de Lisboa and the Lisbon Tourism Board. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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What is the Name of the Cathedral in Lisbon?

The name of the Cathedral in Lisbon is the Sé de Lisboa, also known as the Sé or the Lisbon Cathedral. So why is Lisbon Cathedral called Sé? It takes the name Sé from the initials Sedes Episcopalis, translating to Bishop’s seat. 

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About the Sé de Lisboa

The Sé de Lisboa is a Roman Catholic church in Lisbon’s Alfama neighbourhood. It features a High Choir, a Museum of the Treasury of the Cathedral, and a walk along the naves and deambulatory of the church. Near the High Choir is a balcony with a lookout view over the street below, and you can watch the trams and tuk-tuks drive by.

The Museum of the Treasury of the Cathedral contains a collection of 14th-16th century items with spiritual and religious value. Found on the Cathedral’s second floor, these items are housed in four rooms and include items such as paintings, clothing, sculptures and goldsmithing. 

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Lisbon Cathedral History

The Lisbon Cathedral was built in 1147. Between the 14th and 16th centuries, multiple earthquakes struck Lisbon, each damaging the Sé. The Sé de Lisboa has undergone renovations and restorations over the years, combining different architectural styles, including Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque. 

In the earthquake of 1755, which also damaged Castelo de S. Jorge, the church’s Gothic chapel and royal pantheon were destroyed. Following the earthquake, the Lisbon Cathedral was partially-rebuilt in Neoclassical and Rococo architectural styles. In 1910, it became a national monument.

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Lisbon Cathedral Tickets 

Is Lisbon Cathedral Free? To visit the lower level of the Cathedral, a ticket is required (payable). The tickets include access to the lower and the upper areas of the church, including an ascent to the High Choir, Museum of the Treasury of the Cathedral, and a walk along the naves and deambulatory of the church. For those who want to come and pray at the Cathedral, there is a space reserved for prayer and worship and access to that reserved prayer space is free.

An adult ticket for ages 13+ is €5, with a reduced rate for children between 7-12 and free entry for children under 6. The entry fee helps to maintain and safeguard the church. Tickets are available for purchase at the Lisbon Cathedral.

Lisbon Cathedral – Hours of Operation: 

November – May: 10 am – 6 pm

June – October: 9:30 – 7 pm 

Closed on Sundays and Holy Days

Note: Last entry is 45 minutes before closing time.

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How to Get to the Lisbon Cathedral From Lisbon 

To reach the Lisbon Cathedral from downtown Lisbon, take a bus, tuk-tuk, taxi, tram, or walk there. It will take approximately 10-15 minutes to reach the Sé de Lisboa. The best way to get there is by taxi unless you take a bus/tram part way and then walk.

Bus Directions from Cais do Sodré:

  • Take the #1 bus towards Aeroporto
  • Ride for 1 stop (about 3 minutes)
  • Exit at the Pç. Comércio stop
  • Walk 5 minutes to reach the Lisbon Cathedral

Lisbon Cathedral (Sé de Lisboa)

Address: Largo da Sé, 1100-585 Lisboa, Portugal

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Things to Do Nearby 

I hope this information helped you plan your visit to the Sé de Lisboa.

Happy travelling!

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