Sé Catedral De Faro
Sé Catedral De Faro
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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  • GlobetrottingViking
    Thatcham, United Kingdom3,215 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Interior and Great Views from the Tower
    This Cathedral building was started in 1251, two years after the Christian Reconquest of Faro from the Muslim Moors. It has undergone several renovations and additions since, the last major changes made after the earthquakes in 1722 and 1755. A rather sad historical fact is that in 1596 the city of Faro and the Cathedral were sacked and burned by the English troops of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, on their way back from the capture of Cádiz. The altars are marvelously decorated and carved, some with tiled walls with biblical illustrations. The entrance ticket (€2.00 for the over 65s) also gives access to the tower, from where there is great views of the town, the waterfront and the airport. As we stood there, a white stork flew past on its way to its nest on the roof of one of the nearby buildings.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 18, 2023
  • Lynda C
    Wokingham, United Kingdom560 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive cathedral, museum and tower
    Faro cathedral is very impressive. There is a small entry fee. Tower has good views and you can see all bells. Chapel of bones. Cathedral museum on 1st and 2nd floor above cathedral has many ancient religious artifacts. The cathedral itself is very large and ornate. Worth a visit.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 26, 2024
  • mcleodalimc
    Anlaby, United Kingdom876 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely view from the tower
    Building works inside take away the ambience but you can still see the intricate carving. Bones chapel much less impressive than the other one in town. Lovely view from the tower.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 13, 2024
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Steviefull
Kidderminster, UK1,945 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
There's one thing Faro has in abundance, for such a relatively small place there are churchs and cathedrals galore and for a tourist they are a great way to spend time.

This cathedral as is dates back 500 or so years but the site itself has religous links back 800 years.

The highlights of the Cathedral are the bell tower with views across the city and out to sea and of course the bone chapel which are always a morbid curiosity.

You could spend a couple of hours here but it can be done in an hour if need be and as with most of the area the entrance fee is cheap for what you get.
Written July 5, 2023
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hans-jaguar
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal23,939 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The “Sé Catedral de Faro”, is also known as the “Igreja da Sé or Igreja de Santa Maria”, and is one of the most important historic buildings in Faro. It is located in Largo da Sé in the city, in the heart of the historic center, and is classified as a Property of Public Interest. It is the seat of the Diocese of Algarve. According to the tradition, not supported by archaeological evidence, the Church of Santa Maria de Faro was built on the foundations of a paleocristan basilica and a mosque. What is known is that the works of the current building were started in the year 1251, two years after the Christian reconquest of the village, by order of the Archbishop of Braga D. João Viegas. In the year 1271, this temple was given to the Order of St. James, as a reward for the services rendered in taking the settlement. from the Moors.
Written February 10, 2020
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GlobetrottingViking
Thatcham, UK3,215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This Cathedral building was started in 1251, two years after the Christian Reconquest of Faro from the Muslim Moors. It has undergone several renovations and additions since, the last major changes made after the earthquakes in 1722 and 1755. A rather sad historical fact is that in 1596 the city of Faro and the Cathedral were sacked and burned by the English troops of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, on their way back from the capture of Cádiz.
The altars are marvelously decorated and carved, some with tiled walls with biblical illustrations. The entrance ticket (€2.00 for the over 65s) also gives access to the tower, from where there is great views of the town, the waterfront and the airport. As we stood there, a white stork flew past on its way to its nest on the roof of one of the nearby buildings.
Written November 18, 2023
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lizziekeeling
Manchester, UK59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Went to visit the cathedral. Gentle way to spend an hour. Interior of the cathedral is being renovated so a lot of scaffolding but you can still see most of the interior. My husband climbed the steps to the top of the tower and had magnificent views.
Written September 18, 2022
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Bartonbears
Coffs Harbour, Australia2,616 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
This cathedral is well worth the admission cost. The altar and side chapels are ornately decorated, there are many interesting statues, and cherubs abound. The stairs to the tower are a little tricky if you have mobility issues but the view is wonderful. Be aware that the bells ring regularly and loudly. The small bones chapel is open to the air and most skulls have disintegrated but it is easy to access and worth a look. Overall, we'd certainly recommend a visit to this cathedral.
Written July 6, 2023
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DubArk
Dublin, Ireland93 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
To be honest the two guys who were in charge, one in the paying booth and the other by the stairs were so disconnected it was comical. We pairs and they didn’t want to answer any questions. Went up a stairs, saw a nice view and walked through a small cathedral, that was very pretty, lit a few candles and left. €5x2
Written March 23, 2022
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mcleodalimc
Anlaby, UK876 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Building works inside take away the ambience but you can still see the intricate carving. Bones chapel much less impressive than the other one in town. Lovely view from the tower.
Written June 13, 2024
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Cymro
Coimbra, Portugal3,308 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
When I entered the Cathedral there were 3 old ladies on guard and as I went to enter the main part I was asked, 'Are you a Christian?' I was shocked! I had never been asked that before in any of the many cathedrals and churches I have visited. Nor have I been asked if I was a Muslim at any of the mosques I have visited in the Middle East and Asia. It gave the impression that non-Christians were certainly not welcome. I did not reply, but turned around and left, rather than show my annoyance.
Written July 12, 2020
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Lynda C
Wokingham, UK560 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Faro cathedral is very impressive. There is a small entry fee. Tower has good views and you can see all bells.
Chapel of bones.
Cathedral museum on 1st and 2nd floor above cathedral has many ancient religious artifacts.
The cathedral itself is very large and ornate.
Worth a visit.
Written March 26, 2024
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DonnaM
Elgin101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
€5 entry fee. Not as ornate inside as the Catholic Church but there was lots to see, with good explanations to read. Amazing how old everything was! A small museum up the first set of stairs was good. Steps up to the tower had to be taken carefully as they were quite smooth underfoot. Great views from the top!
Written October 18, 2022
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