The Sé! One can see in the distance its outlined silhouette in the urban landscape. Better known as Évora Cathedral or Sé de Évora, its real name is Sé Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption. It is the largest medieval cathedral in Portugal and has no parallel in the rest of the country.
The Sé de Évora “protects” the city from the highest part, the place chosen for other iconic buildings of Évora like the Roman Temple of Évora (Temple of Diana), the Évora Museum or the Eugénio de Almeida Forum.
The Cathedral of Évora, whose construction began in 1186 and consecrated in 1204, was completed only in 1250. It is a fascinating and imposing monument. All in granite, it is marked by the transition from the Romanesque style to the Gothic style.
In the 18th century, the Cathedral became richer with the construction of the main chapel, patronized by D. João V. Here the marbles from Estremoz take on particular importance in the surprising combination with the rigidity of the Roman-Gothic lines.
The Cathedral of Évora is a monument of true rarity, it is discovered little by little on the top of the city, in all its glory. Be sure to visit it and climb the terrace to have, by far, the best view of Évora.