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Lonely Planet review

One of Lisbon’s icons is the fortress like sé , built in 1150 on the site of a mosque soon after Christians recaptured the city from the Moors. It was sensitively restored in the 1930s. Despite the masses outside, the rib-vaulted interior, lit by a rose window, is calm. Stroll around the cathedral to spy leering gargoyles peeking above the orange trees.

History buffs shouldn’t miss the less-visited Gothic cloister , which opens onto a deep pit full of archaeological excavations going back more than 2000 years. You have to squint hard to imagine it, but you’ll see remnants of a Roman street and shopfronts, an Islamic-era house and dump, as well as a medieval cistern. The treasury showcases religious artwork.