Sé Catedral de Lamego
A succession of different styles from various periods can be seen on both the outside and inside of Lamego cathedral, and yet, despite this, the building as a whole exudes a sense of beauty and monumentality.
The tower windows are the oldest surviving feature, with their delicately carved capitals providing one of the finest examples of the twelfth-century Romanesque style of architecture. In the sixteenth century, the bishop D. Manoel de Noronha ordered the upper part to be added, leaving his coat of arms as his own personal stamp. The remarkable façade was added in the same century: it has the form of a triple portal, bringing together Renaissance and Flamboyant Gothic features to create a beautiful whole. Inside the cathedral, the cloister, dating from the same period and decorated with small, elegant arches, provides an example of the transitional style of architecture leading from the Gothic to the Renaissance. The same bishop D. Manuel de Noronha ordered the building of this cloister in 1524, together with the chapels of St John, St Anthony and St Nicholas, the door of the latter chapel being a remarkable piece of iron work, housing the tomb of its founding bishop inside. The predominant decorative style inside the cathedral is eighteenth-century baroque. A large skylight in the centre affords a gentle light over the three naves.
In 1738, Nicolau Nasoni was commissioned to paint the vaulted ceilings. The brightly-coloured and well-preserved frescoes taught those worshippers who could not read or write about various episodes in the Old Testament (Manïs creation, original sin, Mosesï childhood, Abrahamïs sacrifice and other passages). And in the chancel of this ancient church, there is yet another delightful highlight: an eighteenth-century marble and gilded altarpiece and two beautiful organs dating from 1753.