I have arrived in Lisbon and have half a day to explore this beautiful city, which was almost completely destroyed by n earthquake and tsunami in 1755. Only a few buildings survived and a quarter of the population died.

Since the Camino Portuguese begins at the Cathedral de Se, I decided to explore the cathedral as it will be closed when I pass by early in the morning as I begin my pilgrimage.

The cathedral is built on a site where buildings have stood since the Iron Age – some 3,000 years ago. The cathedral was built around 1150 A.D.  It had a most unusual cloister, which is currently being excavated after significant archeological discoveries were made inside the cloister.

I stayed up later than planned listening to Fado – the mournful Portuguese song sung in cabarets and restaurants throughout the Alfama section of Lisbon. My pilgrimage begins tomorrow.