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Silves Cathedral

The Cathedral of Silves (Sé de Silves) sits along side Silves Castle in a small square, from the network of narrow, cobbled streets around it, there is a picturesque view looking down into the town. Nearby restaurant 'Cafe Ingles' provide good quality food and drink to visitors most of the day.

Built on the site of a mosque, after the conquest of the city. The original building was started between the middle and end of the thirteenth century, several earthquakes damaged the structure which was underwent substantially rebuilding in the mid- fifteenth century as a simple Gothic structure. After the Lisbon earthquake of 1755, the structure was badly damaged and has undergone further re building and design changes, the Baroque style, main façade, and the south portal “porta do Sol” (Sun's Door), and the addition of a new bell tower.

The Cathedral contains several tombs of bishops and noble families of Silves, as well as the tombstone of the Portuguese king D. João the 2nd. D. João's remains were later transferred from the Cathedral to the Mosteiro Santa Maria da Vitória, in Batalha.

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