Old Cathedral of Coimbra

Old Cathedral of Coimbra

The old Cathedral, in Portuguese called Se Velha, is a great example of Romanesque style architecture, in Portugal. The Cathedral was built in the 12th century during the reign of Afonso Henriques. He initiated the construction after his victory in the battle of Ourique and declared himself as king. Afonso made Coimbra the capital of Portugal and the city became the focal point of the whole country. The Cathedral was designed by renowned French designers, Robert and Bernardo and Portuguese designer Soeiro, and features both Romanesque and Gothic styles.

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