The building of Guarda Cathedral, which rises majestically at the city centre, was ordered during the reign of King John I, at the initiative of D. Vasco, Bishop of Lamego. Construction works began in 1390 but would only be completed during the reign of King John III, dragging on for over 150 years.
As a result, the Cathedral became one of the most emblematic in Portugal with a structure which creates a symbiosis between Gothic and Manueline styles. The granite building stands out because of its fortified shape, rising majestically towards Heaven with its pinnacles and counterforts intercepting refined Manueline decorative elements.
Inside, you should not miss the chance to contemplate the magnificent main retable made in ançã stone, a work carried out by João de Ruão’s workshop in Coimbra and a great example of ancient sculpture during the Late Renaissance period.
From April 1st to October 31st
Monday to Sunday: 10:00-13:00 | 14:00-17:30*
From November 1st to March 30th
Monday to Sunday: 09:30-13:00 | 14:00-17:00*
Closed on January 1st, Easter Sunday, June 1st, December 24th, 25th and 31st
* During the mass celebrations, visits are not allowed
Guided visits on request (paid)