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A guide to 5 Cathedrals in Portugal

Monastery of Rates

This article provides information about 5 Cathedrals in Portugal. Full tourist information is provided about these iconic Portuguese religious monuments.
These 5 Cathedrals are impressive and they are also touristic highlights. For example, Hieronymites monastery is one of the most visited monuments of Lisbon, the beautiful Portuguese capital.

The Southern European country of Portugal is a stunning and inviting location on the Iberian Peninsula. The nation offers a vibrant and thriving culture, delicious cuisine and incredible beaches. It is often selected as a vacation destination thanks to the sandy climate, warm climate and abundance of golf courses. However, many people choose to visit Portugal in order to experience the religious history and breathtaking architecture found around the country. If you are planning a trip to Portugal for your next Easter break or any other time of year, consider adding one of these five beautiful cathedrals to your travel itinerary.

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

This incredible Cathedral is one of the most visited in all of Portugal. It is conveniently located in the Belém, the Portuguese capital’s parish famed for having some of the most iconic monuments in Lisbon. Although entry to the church itself is completely free, an additional charge of €7 applies for those who want to tour the rest of the monastery. The small fee is certainly worth the price and you can enjoy spectacular view over the city of Lisbon from the towers. As the capital city, Lisbon boasts a variety of accommodations options for travellers. Choose from budget hostels, local guesthouses and even lavish Portuguese villas.
Hieronymites monastery, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

Braga Cathedral

This Portuguese Cathedral is not only one of the most beautiful in the country but one of the most historically significant as well. Construction on the cathedral began in the twelfth century, although additions like the fifteenth century Gothic arches and the seventeenth century Baroque towers are evident. Braga Cathedral has always been a key religious structure in the country as Braga is one of the main Archdiocese in the nation. Admission to Braga Cathedral is completely free although extensive tours are offered at additional costs for those interested.

Braga Cathedral, viewed from the front. Image Source: Wikipedia

Monastery of Rates

This incredible religious structure in the district of Póvoa de Varzim is one of the oldest standing Romanesque churches in the entire country. Construction first started on the building in the eleventh century and since 1910 it has been an official Portuguese National Monument. The Mosteiro de Rates, as it is called by locals, is one of the biggest attractions to the small town of Póvoa de Varzim. Visit if you want to experience a more traditional Portuguese holiday outside of the larger cities. Admission is €4.50 per person with discounts for groups, children, elderly visitors and students.
Monastery of Rates

Monastry of Rates, viewed from the front. Image Source: aamaianos

Sé Velha de Coimbra

Although the central Portuguese city of Coimbra is home to several large and quite impressive Churches and Cathedrals, none is so significant or breathtaking as the Cathedral of Coimbra. This piece of religious architecture was created in the twelfth century after the Count Afonso Henriques won a strategic battle and crowned himself the King of Portugal. Coimbra was determined to be the new capital of the nation, and this Cathedral was the crowning glory. Today visitors can tour the Cathedral to take in the fortress-like exterior, the fascinating tombs and the beautiful art found within. Admission into the Cathedral itself is completely free although an additional cost of €1 is charged to tour the tombs. Accommodations in Coimbra include hostels for as little as €11 per night, guesthouses, inns and upscale boutique hotels.

View of Sé Velha de Coimbra from its eastern facade.
Image Source: Wikipedia

Convento da Ordem de Cristo

This twelfth century masterpiece was originally designed to be a monastic fortress situated on the border between the Christians and the Muslims. Construction never truly ended and the convent turned into a stunning Cathedral known for the impressive artwork found throughout. This UNESCO designated World Heritage Site costs €5 for adults and €3 for children. As one of the most intricate and beautiful Cathedrals in Europe, it is certainly worth a visit.
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