Sé of Lisbon

After our delicious lunch of pastries at the Pasteis de Belém, we drove more towards the city center to the Castelo do São Jorge. We strolled along the quaint streets, popping into various shops along the way until we made it to the Castle.

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Nobody was very keen for the Castle, so we continued our leisurely stroll until we found a church, or igreja in Portuguese.

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When we made it to the church we went inside. I didn’t even realize what church it was until we left and I saw the street sign across the road.

The Sé of Lisbon is one of the oldest churches in Lisbon.

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Unlike its counterparts in Paris, Rome or London (with the latter being an Anglican church), the Sé is much less decorated. There aren’t nearly as many ornate stained glass windows or tiled ceilings or anything of the sort. There is obviously a golden altar.

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For me, the simplicity of it was beautiful. As much as I love the ornate cathedrals, there’s something to be said for a simple building to worship.


Have you been to the Sé of Lisbon? How did you find the interior decorations?


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