Classified as a national monument in 2014, construction began on the cathedral in 1559, after the diocese of Leiria was created on the 22nd May 1545.
Its design is Mannerist, with a Latin cross floor plan made up of 3 naves and a tripartite apse and a cloister with 3 wings connected to the apse.
Some restoration work was done to repair the damage caused by the 1755 earthquake, which included building a new bell tower.
The bell tower is one of the things that makes Leiria unique, as it is disconnected from the Cathedral near Portas do Sol (or Southern Doors).
> Largo Cónego Maia, 2400-175 Leiria
> GPS: 39º44’45.92″N | 8º48’24.85″W
> How to get there: http://bit.ly/1QXHZxE