Unbeknown to many visitors to Lisbon's 12th-century cathedral is the fact that it was built on the foundations of a mosque, constructed when the Moors held sway in their 'Lishbuna'. But long before... Read More
Unbeknown to many visitors to Lisbon's 12th-century cathedral is the fact that it was built on the foundations of a mosque, constructed when the Moors held sway in their 'Lishbuna'. But long before their arrival, the Phoenicians, Romans and then the Visigoths had also decided to build on this strategic location. The result is a veritable history sandwich, layered with all sorts of fascinating artefacts from different centuries. The cathedral, then, is also an archaeological site, which is located in the 14th-century cloisters. Ongoing excavation has so far revealed the partial remains of a Moorish wall, perhaps that of the mosque itself. Also unearthed are the foundations of an early 6th-century Roman house and the outline of a road that historians believe linked the settlement and nearby Roman theatre with the river.
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- Mon-Sat: 10am-7pm
- Sun: 2pm-7pm
- Donations Requested
- Historic Sites: "While entry to the cathedral is free, you'll have to part with a modest entrance fee to visit the cloister and it makes sense to combine your visit with that of the Treasury."
- Best for Historic Sites Because: The archaeological excavations in the cathedral's cloisters represent Over 2000 year's worth of history.