Sé Cathedral do Porto is Porto's best sunset spot

Tile of the day: Sé Cathedral do Porto

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We trudged up the oversized stone steps of the medieval bell tower to witness a spectacular golden haze cast across the city. It was in this moment I fell a little more in love with Porto.

I’d heard that the Sé Cathedral do Porto had some stunning blue-and-white tile scenes to check out, and being winter I thought maybe we could time it to catch the sun disappear before closing time. As it often happens, I was right and the top of the Sé tower might be the best sunset spot in Porto.

Sé Cathedral do Porto is filled with amazing tiles

The Sé do Porto is more than 900 years old. Yes, work started in 1110 and as you can imagine the imposing building has gone through many changes in that time, so you’ll spy Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque architecture and influence.

Most importantly, there’s a huge amount of incredible azulejos making this a certain #tileoftheday.

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Sé Cathedral do Porto has amazing azulejos
Sé Cathedral do Porto is filled with amazing azulejos

The blue-and-white tile scenes inside the Gothic cloisters were painted by Valentim de Almeida between 1729 and 1731, depicting the life of the Virgin Mary and Ovid’s Metamorphoses. 

On the upstairs terrace of the Sé do Porto there’s also these huge tile panels by António Vidal.

Sé Cathedral do Porto is filled with amazing azulejos

There’s something extra special about the way ancient Porto sparkles under the glow of sunlight. The city has a very different feeling to Lisbon, where I live, which is why visiting is always magic.

Porto didn’t suffer the fate of the 1755 earthquake that razed much of Lisbon, and the nickname – cidade invictus – which means undefeated city means its enemies were never able to conquer the ancient town. The result? Everything feels older.

Sé Cathedral do Porto is Porto's best sunset spot
Sé Cathedral do Porto is Porto's best sunset spot
Sé Cathedral do Porto has incredible views from the tower

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Daniela Sunde-Brown

Daniela Sunde-Brown

I'm an Australian travel and food writer who has called Lisbon home since 2018. To help others explore Portugal, I write deep stories about Portuguese traditions, regional dishes, local artisans, and sustainable fashion and ceramics
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