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Cathedral of Faro, Algarve

The Cathedral of Faro is a Roman Catholic cathedral, located in the heart of the city’s small Old Town, Cidade Velha. The cathedral was originally built over the remains of a Roman temple and then a Moorish mosque. With the exception of the tower gate and two chapels, the Cathedral of Faro was destroyed in an earthquake in 1755 and has since been rebuilt in a variety of styles, from Baroque and Gothic, to Renaissance.

Today, Faro’s cathedral contains some beautiful azulejos tilework, marble inlay and gilded wood carvings and the small cathedral museum displays an assortment of statues, religious paintings, vestments and a small vault. There is also a beautiful organ located in the cathedral and you will often find an organist playing beautiful music. You can climb up the narrow, winding staircase of the bell tower to the roof for wonderful views over Faro, and when you have done all that why not relax in the café in the square and enjoy the peace and tranquillity, amidst the orange trees?