Low Angle View Of Lisbon Cathedral At Night

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Sé de Lisboa

Alfama, Castelo & Graça

The fortress-like Sé de Lisboa is one of Lisbon’s icons, 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 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. However, €5-million renovation works expected to last at least two years have temporarily shuttered the area since late 2017. The Treasury showcases religious artwork.

The plaza in front of the church is home to one of Lisbon's most adorable kiosks, Quiosque Lisboa.

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1. Gothic Cloister

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History buffs shouldn’t miss the less-visited Gothic cloister inside Sé de Lisboa, which opens onto a deep pit full of archaeological excavations going…

2. Treasury

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The treasury inside Sé de Lisboa showcases religious artwork.

3. Museu do Aljube

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Both poignant and haunting, this new and highly important museum has turned the former Portuguese dictatorship's political prison of choice into a museum…

4. Museu do Teatro Romano

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The ultramodern Museu do Teatro Romano, reopened in 2015 after a two-year renovation and further excavation, catapults you back to Emperor Augustus’ rule…

6. Igreja da Conceição Velha


Completed in 1534 on orders from King Manuel I, Igreja da Conceição Velha is the second-oldest Manueline religious building in Lisbon. Its facade remains…

8. Miradouro de Santa Luzia

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From bougainvillea-clad Miradouro de Santa Luzia, your gaze drifts over a mosaic of rooftops and spires to the river below.