The Cathedral in Faro was built at the site of an Muslim ancient mosque in 1251

The Cathedral in Faro was built at the site of an Muslim ancient mosque in 1251

Faro was taken by the forces of King Afonso III in 1249

Faro was taken by the forces of King Afonso III in 1249

Current cathedral sits in a beautiful square called Largo de Se

Current cathedral sits in a beautiful square called Largo de Se

A statue of Bishop Francisco Gomes (1739 - 1816) sits in the square, next to cathedral

A statue of Bishop Francisco Gomes (1739 - 1816) sits in the square, next to cathedral

Another look at the statue of Bishop Francisco Gomes de Avelar

Another look at the statue of Bishop Francisco Gomes de Avelar

Generally this cathedral is known as Cathedral of Faro (Sť de Faro) but full name of the cathedral is

Generally this cathedral is known as Cathedral of Faro (Sť de Faro) but full name of the cathedral is "the Cathedral of Saint Mary"

Interior of the bell tower - entry to this cathedral is through this tower gate

Interior of the bell tower - entry to this cathedral is through this tower gate

This cathedral is known for its beautiful tilework

This cathedral is known for its beautiful tilework

After coming inside the cathedral, one sees a small courtyard, to the right of this courtyard lies few small rooms

After coming inside the cathedral, one sees a small courtyard, to the right of this courtyard lies few small rooms

Weapons and a cross next to a statue in one of the side rooms

Weapons and a cross next to a statue in one of the side rooms

The original cathedral was damaged in the English raid of 1596 by Earl of Essex

The original cathedral was damaged in the English raid of 1596 by Earl of Essex

The devastating earthquake of 1755 didn't spare this building either and it was badly damaged

The devastating earthquake of 1755 didn't spare this building either and it was badly damaged

The interior of Faro's cathedral contains some beautiful azulejos tilework, marble inlay and gilded wood carvings

The interior of Faro's cathedral contains some beautiful azulejos tilework, marble inlay and gilded wood carvings

Wooden ceiling of the Faro Cathedral

Wooden ceiling of the Faro Cathedral

Inside the Gothic Chapel, a tomb from the 15th century can be seen

Inside the Gothic Chapel, a tomb from the 15th century can be seen

The tilework inside the cathedral is one of its kind, it is colourful, bright and eye-catching

The tilework inside the cathedral is one of its kind, it is colourful, bright and eye-catching

Decorative details of the interior of the Faro Cathedral

Decorative details of the interior of the Faro Cathedral

Faro Cathedral offers the visitor mostly artistic delights, especially its seventeenth and eighteenth century tiling and gold leaf decoration

Faro Cathedral offers the visitor mostly artistic delights, especially its seventeenth and eighteenth century tiling and gold leaf decoration

The small cathedral museum upstairs from the floor of the church contains statues, religious paintings, vestments and a small ossuary

The small cathedral museum upstairs from the floor of the church contains statues, religious paintings, vestments and a small ossuary

Very narrow stairs lead to the top of the bell tower

Very narrow stairs lead to the top of the bell tower

The views atop the tower are breathtaking

The views atop the tower are breathtaking

Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, seen in the background

Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, seen in the background

Largo de Se Square with the sttaue in the middle, seen from the tower of the cathedral

Largo de Se Square with the sttaue in the middle, seen from the tower of the cathedral

Rooftop of a house, close to the Faro Cathedral

Rooftop of a house, close to the Faro Cathedral

An aeroplane coming to land at the Faro Airport

An aeroplane coming to land at the Faro Airport

Views of the surroundings of the cathedral are worth every minute spent above the tower

Views of the surroundings of the cathedral are worth every minute spent above the tower