Largo da Sé, Lisbon, Portugal
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NileGuide Expert tip:
Don't miss the cloisters where you can see part of the excavation of the remains of the mosque.
The foundation of the Sé cathedral was laid in 1147, the same year Alfonso Henriques won a defining battle against the moors. Through archeological excavations on this site remains of the Visigoth presence and Roman roads were found. Parts of the mosque that once stood here have also been discovered. The Sé has gone through several transformations over the centuries of style evolution partly due to earthquakes. Lisbon's patron saint, Saint Vincent, was buried here until the 1755 earthquake destroyed his remains. His body, minus his arm, was carried by ship from Valencia, Spain, and was followed by two black ravens the entire journey. Look out for the symbol of Saint Vincent's boat and his two ravens all over town!