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Lisbon's Oldest Building

The oldest surviving building in Lisbon, the Lisbon Cathedral was built in 1150 by the order of the first king of Portugal. It is comprised of a mix of Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles with Baroque and Rococo elements that were added on after a series of traumatic earthquakes hit Lisbon. Though the famous earthquake of 1755 ruined most of the city’s historical buildings, the cathedral was fully restored. Even the beautiful stained glass rose window was impressively pieced back together. Visitors note the pleasant size of the church—grand but not overwhelming—as well as the overall simplicity of the structure. For those particularly interested in history, it’s probably worth checking out the cloisters for an extra fee. You can see layers of archaeological history dating back to Roman times.

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*See the cloisters, and impressive archaeological artifacts for a small fee

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