This is the main door of the Silves Cathedral - for entrance, a side door is used

This is the main door of the Silves Cathedral - for entrance, a side door is used

This church is located below the Castle of Silves, it was built in 1189 on the site of an earlier mosque

This church is located below the Castle of Silves, it was built in 1189 on the site of an earlier mosque

Gothic apse of Silves Cathedral, the church itself was rebuilt after the 1249 Reconquista and subsequently restored several times following earthquake damage

Gothic apse of Silves Cathedral, the church itself was rebuilt after the 1249 Reconquista and subsequently restored several times following earthquake damage

Silves was an important city during the Muslim era the river was significantly wider, allowing boats to navigate along its length to Portimão and the sea

Silves was an important city during the Muslim era the river was significantly wider, allowing boats to navigate along its length to Portimão and the sea

The Cathedral was originally built in the 13th century, with 15th and 16th century additions, and post-earthquake 18th century repairs

The Cathedral was originally built in the 13th century, with 15th and 16th century additions, and post-earthquake 18th century repairs

The cathedral retains some of its original grandeur even after suffering many earthquakes

The cathedral retains some of its original grandeur even after suffering many earthquakes

Interior of the Silves Cathedral - the portal consists of a series of four columns and several pointed-arch archivolts

Interior of the Silves Cathedral - the portal consists of a series of four columns and several pointed-arch archivolts

Lining the cathedral walls are tombs belonging to bishops and crusaders who died taking Silves back from the Muslims

Lining the cathedral walls are tombs belonging to bishops and crusaders who died taking Silves back from the Muslims

King Jao II (John II) died near Alvor, his body was brought to Silves and buried here

King Jao II (John II) died near Alvor, his body was brought to Silves and buried here

In 1499, his remains were exhumed and transferred to the Monastery of Batalha

In 1499, his remains were exhumed and transferred to the Monastery of Batalha

There are few more graves built on the floors of the cathedral

There are few more graves built on the floors of the cathedral

Today, Silves Cathedral is a quiet place and and its turbulent history is left behind

Today, Silves Cathedral is a quiet place and and its turbulent history is left behind

In this photo, both the Silves Cathedral and Castle of Silves can be seen

In this photo, both the Silves Cathedral and Castle of Silves can be seen

The Silves Cathedral, seen at the top of the hill

The Silves Cathedral, seen at the top of the hill

Silves Cathedral see at night from the banks of River Arade

Silves Cathedral see at night from the banks of River Arade

Silves Town Hall, seen from the stairs of Turret of the City Gate

Silves Town Hall, seen from the stairs of Turret of the City Gate

Locally known as Camara Municipal de Silves is situated in the Praça do Municipio

Locally known as Camara Municipal de Silves is situated in the Praça do Municipio

Surprisingly, the symbol of today's city is a castle and the crescent moon

Surprisingly, the symbol of today's city is a castle and the crescent moon

Interior of the Silves Town hall is beautifully decorated

Interior of the Silves Town hall is beautifully decorated

One of the two staircases lead to upper level of the town hall

One of the two staircases lead to upper level of the town hall

Arches are added to this building to give the sense of open space inside

Arches are added to this building to give the sense of open space inside

A skylight in the entrance lobby provides plenty of natural daylight

A skylight in the entrance lobby provides plenty of natural daylight

A closer look at the tiles which cover the interior of the building

A closer look at the tiles which cover the interior of the building

This painting shows how water was brought into the city by using a water wheel

This painting shows how water was brought into the city by using a water wheel

A single staircase is connected with two stairs cases to provide access to the upper level

A single staircase is connected with two stairs cases to provide access to the upper level

A closer look at the hand railings with its distinctive golden colour

A closer look at the hand railings with its distinctive golden colour

The tiles which are used beside the staircase have blue and gold colours

The tiles which are used beside the staircase have blue and gold colours

This photo shows city walls and the River Arade, in the background, castle and cathedral of the city are visible

This photo shows city walls and the River Arade, in the background, castle and cathedral of the city are visible