Diocese Algarve


Faro: Largo da Sé

Faro: Largo da Sé

View from the belfry of the cathedral to the Largo da Sé, the central square in the historical quarter of Faro. It is surrounded by orange trees. At the right side you see the palace of the bishop, adjacent to the left is the episcopal seminar. In the background the marina and the Faro airport can be seen.


Faro: Largo da Sé

Faro: Largo da Sé


Faro: Palace of the Bishop

Faro: Palace of the Bishop

Since 1577 Faro is the seat of the Bishop of the Algarve. The Episcopal palace, built between 1581 and 1585, situated at the Largo da Sé opposite the cathedral, was restored and expanded after the earthquake of 1755.


Faro: Bishop Seminar

Faro: Bishop Seminar

During the 18th and 19th century a bishop seminary was built on the left side of the palace.


Faro: Cathedral

Faro: Cathedral

The Sé Cathedral, located in the Largo da Sé, was originally built in the 13th/14th century after the Moorish period where a former mosque was placed. The main portal and square tower are witnesses of that time, the rest was constructed between the 15th and 18th centuries.


Faro: Cathedral Belfry

Faro: Cathedral Belfry

The square tower of the Cathedral is worth a visit. From the top you have a marvellous view over the old town and the Ria Formosa


Silves: Cathedral

Silves: Cathedral

The Sé de Silves Cathedral was erected in the 13th century after Silves had been reconquered from the Moors, most likely in the place of a former mosque. It is different from most other historic buildings in the Algarve as it partially survived the earthquake of 1755.


Silves: Episcopal Cathedral

Silves: Episcopal Cathedral

Until 1577 Silves has been the residence of the bishops of the Algarve, hence the name "Catedral Sé", meaning dome.

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