Cathedral of Leiria

Visit the Sé or Cathedral of Leiria in your journey through central Portugal.

Cathedral of Leiria
Cathedral of Leiria
© Hugo Carriço

The , or Cathedral of Leiria is located to the southeast of the Castle that overlooks this beautiful and vibrant Portuguese city.

This temple, which combines Mannerist and Baroque styles in an immense building, started to be built in the 16th century, between 1550 and 1574; and the cloister, the sacristy and the chapter rooms are from 1583 to 1604.


The building resulted affected during the earthquake of 1755, consequently it was reformed giving it the robust look that can be seen today.

Its interior is divided in three naves and five sections. This is noticeable from the outside due to the placement of the buttresses.

It houses three rectangular chapels with Renaissance reredos. Special emphasis should be placed on its major chapel built by Baltasar Álvares and Fray João Torriano, with a golden carving and 17th century panels painted by Simão Rodrigues.

The baptistery chapel, in Baroque style, is located in the left nave and has a monolithic baptismal font.

You will find tombstones in the chapels, some of them by Ernesto Korrodi.

The cloister, behind the cathedral, is formed by three galleries and an austere patio with a well. The sacristy is decorated with 17th century tiles and a marble frontispiece.

This cathedral is one of the few in Portugal in which the bell tower is separated from the main building.

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