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Porto Cathedral (Sé Catedral do Porto)
Porto Cathedral (Sé Catedral do Porto)

Porto Cathedral (Sé Catedral do Porto)

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2,522 Reviews
S/Nº Terreiro Se 3, Centro Histórico, Oporto

The Basics

A visit toPorto Cathedral (Sé Catedral do Porto)is essential to understand the history of Porto, one of Europe’s oldest populated centers. The church dates back to the 12th century and work continued into the 16th century (not counting later baroque and 20th-century additions), accounting for the varied architectural influences. Travelers can take a half-day river cruise tour stopping at the cathedral and many other main city monuments. A tuk tuk tour of Porto is another way to avoid uphill walks.

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The Best of Porto: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour

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The Best of Porto: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour
$30.79 per adult
Relaxed walking tour
Very enjoyable walking tour with Jenny who guided us through the lovely sites and streets of Porto. She gave us a good balance of local and historical information. A great afternoon on our first day!
Corrine, Jun 2021

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Pleasant and interesting tour
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Andrew_W, Jun 2021
The Best of Porto: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour
Tour guide was knowledgeable and very personable. My wife and I accidentally did most of the tour on our own by walking around. I did enjoy the context she gave about history through various parts of the city. 4/5 stars, tour did not wow me but was still very good. Would recommend this tour on your first day in the city.
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Great half day tour of Porto.
Victoria_P, May 2021
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City Walk with local guide
Marcus, May 2021
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Great tour.
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This was a very nice tour and we had a great tour guide Isa. She's is very knowledgable and we tasted nice typical Porto food and wines. Please mind that Porto is uphill - downhill so this tour not suited for everyone. For the rest we certainly can recommed this tour. We had a great time and learned a lot about Porto. Thanks Isa!
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Brilliant introduction to Porto!
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Our guide was great! She was very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful... we really enjoyed learning about the city and would recommend this trip!
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Worth it
Miche, Mar 2020
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Porto Cathedral (Sé Catedral do Porto)is a must-visit attraction for history and art lovers.

  • Set aside an hour or two to explore the cathedral’s façade and remarkable interior.

  • It is free to visit the cathedral, but an entry ticket is required to visit the cloisters and the small Sacred Art museum.

  • The cathedral is one of the departure points for the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage in Spain.

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How to Get There

Situated in the heart of the city, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed cathedral is in a great location near the Douro river. Porto Cathedral is in Terreiro da Sé, the oldest district in central Porto, which is a short walk to Sao Bento station. Using the city's metro system, take Porto’s D (yellow) line and disembark at the Sao Bento stop.

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When to Get There

From April to October, the cathedral is open from 9am to 12:30pm and from 2:30 to 7pm (the cloister is open 9am to 6:30pm). Between November and March, the cathedral closes at 6pm and the cloister closes at 5:30pm. The cloister is only open in the afternoon on Sundays and religious holidays, and it is closed to the public on Christmas and Easter.

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Where to Find the Best Panoramic Views of Porto

Situated at the highest point of the city, the cathedral is famous for its stunning views and is a must for photographers. For the best vistas of the city, head to the terraces on the north and west sides of the church to capture panoramic scenes of Porto’s ancient labyrinthine streets and the red-roofed dwellings below.

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