See the Sé Cathedral

Sé Cathedral

A great part of the house of prayer you see today go back to the 13th and 14th centuries has extensively more history. The most established records demonstrate that there was a Roman gathering assembled here around two thousand years ago. Taking after this a mosque was assembled here. With the Christian conquest of Faro in 1249 the mosque was torn down and the place up in its place. Devoted to the Virgin Mary the church is also called the Igreja de Santa Maria de Faro.

 

Gothic tower

The basilica was impressively stretched out in the 15th century as the number of inhabitants in Faro expanded, despite the fact that the fundamental entryway, Gothic tower and two houses of prayer are all from the first building.

 

In 1596 the inside of the basilica was obliterated by flame when British troops lead by the Earl of Essex scoured the town. Over the course of the years the inside was supplanted and now comprises of some fine 17th and 18th century tiling and gold leaf overlaying.

 

In 1755 the basilica was harmed once more, this time because of the overwhelming seismic tremor that shook all of Portugal.

 

View over Faro

Faro Sé is interested in general society most days and guests can climb the progressions of the tower to get an extraordinary view out over the city.

 

Situated in the central point of the Old Town, this interesting looking building is dominated by its peculiar bell tower which is the main part left to get by from the first Romanesque-Gothic structure when it was constructed in 1251. It is accepted that the basilica was based on the site of a Roman sanctuary, then a Visigoth cathedral and afterward a Moorish mosque before being fabricated only two years after the Christian reconquest of the city.

 

History of Sé Cathedral 

The basilica was then given over to the Order of St James before being developed from 1321 during the rule of King Dinis (1279-1325). It was then changed again in the 15th century before being looted and blazed by the British troops of the 2nd Earl of Essex in 1596. The basilica was then remade with a reconstructed chancel around 1640 and its organ was introduced in 1715. Seismic tremors in 1722 and, obviously, the huge one in 1755 harmed the church once more yet regardless it remains an astounding building.

Hi, welcome on my travel blog about the beautiful city of Faro! My name is Leon and I’m a travel blogger from the Netherlands. I like to discover the world and share my experience via Faro-Algarve.com. Read my personal tips and plan your next trip to Faro!

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