Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro
Recently reopened, this great museum is a highlight of central Portugal. It's fitting that it has become a real centre of the local...
Museu da Ciência
This wonderful science museum occupies a centuries-old former monastery converted by Pombal into the university’s chemical engineering...
Sala dos Capelos
Cafetaria do Museu
Tucked away in a remote part of the top of town, the science museum's cafe offers a large interior warmed by log fire and an excellent...
Largo da Sé Nova · interesting places nearby
Sé Nova information
The large, severe 'new' cathedral, started by the Jesuits in 1598 but only completed a century later, dominates the square of the same name high in the old town. Its sober Renaissance lines contrast with the gilt side panels and ornate baroque altarpiece. Down the side is a gallery of reliquaries featuring bones and worse from minor saints and bishops, including St Francis Xavier and, harder to believe, St Luke. Climb to the platform for uplifting city views.