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Silves Cathedral, Silves

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The Silves Cathedral (Portuguese: Sé Catedral de Silves) is a former cathedral in the city of Silves, in the Algarve region of southern Portugal. A mosque, built during the Moorish rule of the Iberian Peninsula, was originally located in its current place, and was later mostly restructured and converted into a Catholic cathedral after the Reconquista. Although having some Baroque characteristics, it is mostly Gothic in nature and it is considered to be the main Gothic monument in the Algarve and one of the most important landmarks in southern Portugal. It was classified as a national monument on June 29, 1922.
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  • The cathedral is sited within the town's ancient walls,at the town's highest point.Entrance fee is modest,worth it to view the interior.Peaceful here,but so was the old town when we visited.  more »
  • Impressive cathedral and very visible from a long distance, not far from the massive castle just above it...however as you get closer it becomes obvious the place could use a fresh lick of paint and.....  more »
  • This church is not worth the trip! If you come to visit the castle of Silves, the 'cathedral' is a small side-tour. Nothing special. The interior is average, at best, but you need to pay a € 1,50 pp entrance fee. Very uncommon for this average church. So my opinion is: Worth a trip: no! Worth a visit: no, not combined with the entrance fee. Worth a virtual visit: just to satisfy your curiosity, browse throuhg the pictures in Google maps and spend the time saved in the castle.
  • Small cathedral currently under renovation, with a little bit of history and some art to look at. There is a small entrance fee of 1.5€ for each person.

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