"Cathedral" Cathedral - Se Tip by Willettsworld

Cathedral - Se, Silves: 14 reviews and 33 photos

As you climb up the hill towards the castle that sits on top, you'll suddenly come across the towns large cathedral which looks down on you at an angle. Construction was started during the 13th century on top of a former mosque in the Gothic style, but it suffered damage in an earthquake in 1352. In the 1440s, the cathedral was given a great impulse by King Afonso V. This building campaign produced the apse with its three chapels, the transept and the main portal, dating from the 1470s. The three-aisled nave was only finished in the early 16th century. The earthquake of 1755 destroyed part of the nave and its facade was also repaired.

When King John II died unexpectedly in Alvor (Portimão), near Silves, in 1495, he was provisionally buried in the main chapel of Silves Cathedral. In 1499, in the presence of King Manuel I, his remains were exhumed and transferred to the Monastery of Batalha, where John II was permanently re-buried; however, his tomb slab with a Gothic inscription is still located on the floor of the main chapel. Many important personalities of Silves were buried in the cathedral during the 15th and 16th centuries, as attested by the many tomb slabs on its floor.

Admission: ?1.

Address: Rua da Se
Directions: Near the castle
Phone: +351 282 442 472

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 13, 2010
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