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Lisbon Cathedral

Lisbon Cathedral, also known as ‘Sé of Lisbon’ or ‘Santa Maria Church’ is one of the most important historic buildings in Lisbon. It’s located in the old city centre, on the top of a narrow cobblestone street, in the charming Largo da Sé. The architecture consists of a mixture of different styles - Medieval, Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque - as a result of successive restorations from the 12th to the 18th Century.

Building started on Sé Cathedral around 1147 on the remains of an old mosque, and was not completed till the first few decades of the 12th century. At the same time, Afonso Henriques brought the remains of St. Vincent of Saragossa back from the Algarve to be consecrated in the Cathedral. Around 1470, the Cathedral was further embellished with a large painted altarpiece called the S. Vincent Panels. In the 17th Century, a vestry in Mannerist style was built towards the south end of the cathedral. In the 18th Century, the Gothic chapel was redesigned in the Baroque style. However, the great earthquake of 1755 damaged the Cathedral, completely destroying the Chapel.

In the subsequent decades the Cathedral underwent renovations to restore its medieval appearance. The cathedral was not reopened till 1940.

The base of the building has Roman and Arab vestiges, with a nave and side chapels in the form of a Latin cross. The large towers and the stunning rose windows are designed in the Romanesque style.


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Varandas de Lisboa

Rua dos Bacalhoeiros 8, Lisbon, Lisboa
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Lisbon Old Town, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Lisbon Cathedral (Se), Commerce Square and Castle of Sao Jorge. Santa Justa Elevator and Rossio Square are also within 15 minutes. Terreiro do Paco Station is only a 4-minute walk and Baixa-Chiado Station is 9 minutes.

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    Rua do Comércio, 9, Lisbon
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is steps away from Rua Augusta Arch and Lisbon Cathedral (Se). Commerce Square and Santa Justa Elevator are also within 10 minutes. Terreiro do Paco Station is only a 4-minute walk and Baixa-Chiado Station is 6 minutes.

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      Hotel Santa Justa Lisboa

      Rua dos Correeiros, 204, Lisbon
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is steps away from Figueira Square, Rossio Square and Santa Justa Elevator. Lisbon Cathedral (Se) and Commerce Square are also within 10 minutes. Rossio Metro Station and Baixa-Chiado Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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        Hotel Mundial

        Praça Martim Moniz, 2, Lisbon
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Martim Moniz Square and Rossio Square. Santa Justa Elevator and Lisbon Cathedral (Se) are also within 10 minutes. Martim Moniz Station and Rossio Metro Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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          Rua dos Correeiros, 136, Lisbon
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Santa Justa Elevator and Rossio Square. Lisbon Cathedral (Se) and Commerce Square are also within 10 minutes. Baixa-Chiado Station and Rossio Metro Station are within a 5-minute walk.

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            Hotel da Baixa

            231 Rua da Prata, Lisbon
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Lisbon Old Town, this hotel is steps away from Figueira Square and Santa Justa Elevator. Rossio Square and Lisbon Cathedral (Se) are also within 10 minutes. Rossio Metro Station and Baixa-Chiado Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Browns Central Hotel £530
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              Browns Central Hotel

              Rua da Assuncao, nº75, Lisbon
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Lisbon Old Town, this boutique hotel is steps away from Santa Justa Elevator and Rossio Square. Commerce Square and Castle of Sao Jorge are also within 1 mi (2 km). Baixa-Chiado Station is only a 2-minute walk and Rossio Metro Station is 3 minutes.

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                Lisbon Serviced Apartments Baixa Castelo

                Rua dos Fanqueiros, 136, Lisbon
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Lisbon Old Town, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Lisbon Cathedral (Se), Santa Justa Elevator, and Rossio Square. Commerce Square and Lisbon City Hall are also within 10 minutes. Baixa-Chiado Station is only a 4-minute walk and Terreiro do Paco Station is 6 minutes.