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Cathedrale Portugaise, Safi

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  • Opposite the entrance to the Great Mosque on Rue du Souq, one can find clearly signed ruined cathedral, which was built in 1519 in the Manueline (Portuguese late Gothic) style. It was the first... 
    Opposite the entrance to the Great Mosque on Rue du Souq, one can find clearly signed ruined cathedral, which was built in 1519 in the Manueline (Portuguese late Gothic) style. It was the first...  more »
  • This is a historical place of interest to tourists and locals. Wondering around the old buildings and exploring the gardens, fort and citidals is exciting. The gardens are beautiful and you can... 
    This is a historical place of interest to tourists and locals. Wondering around the old buildings and exploring the gardens, fort and citidals is exciting. The gardens are beautiful and you can...  more »
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  • Opposite the entrance to the Great Mosque on Rue du Souq, one can find clearly signed ruined cathedral, that was built in 1519 in the Manueline (Portuguese late Gothic) style. It was the first Portuguese cathedral outside Portugal, and it presents the first gothic structure built in Africa. Construction was never completed, and most of the structure was demolished after the departure of the Portuguese King Manuel in 1541. All that remains are parts of the choir and a side chapel. Huge part of the cathedral is behind the wall and nothing left of it, houses of the old city was build on the place of the main cathedral hall. We visited this interesting piece of architecture specially because many of its still recognizable elements. The most interesting element is probably the vaulting, whose ribs support nine bosses with designs that tell part of the story of the visit of the Portuguese to the city. On the central boss is the shield of King Manuel, others are decorated with the Cross of the Order of Christ, the armillary sphere, another with the episcopal coat of arms of Safi’s bishop João Subtil, and another with the keys of Saint Peter. Three are decorated with naturalistic leaves and one of which the original design has disappeared. Place is very small but very interesting piece of history to visit in Safi.
  • The only surviving specimen of Gothic architecture in North Africa

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