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Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz

Address: Praca do 8 de Maio, Coimbra, Portugal
Phone Number: 23/982-29-41
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Ranked #8 of 42 Attractions in Coimbra
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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304 reviews 304 reviews
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134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Wonderful visit to a marvelous church, filled withazulejos depiciting the life of saint augustine, and the tombs of the first two kings of Portugal. Wonderful cloisters. Not to miss

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Mafra, Portugal
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

we entered the church just for curiosity and were amazed to see its beauty. its a must. the porticos, and the organ are worth particular attention and the ceiling what a amizing view!

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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Interior of this church is amazing, and in our opinion was second best site to see in Coimbra after University. Overawed by the tiles, organ & pulpit, plus it also has the tomb of Portugual's first king.

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Santa Comba Dao, Portugal
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135 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

After you have seen the Praça de 8 de Maio, than please enter the Santa Cruz Church who dates from the 16th century, behind the Monumental entrée you find a very nice church, from which the inside walls are decorated with “Azulegos” or hand painted stone tiles. Also the Baroque organ is something special, nice to visit and to take... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is perhaps, the most stunning cathedral in all of Coimbra. Located conviently in the old town, it's worth the brisk walk. Make sure to visit, look around, and sit down and take in its beauty!

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Santa Comba Dao, Portugal
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

When coming down after your visit on the Arches of Almedina, the Old Cathedral, and the public covered market place, you arrive again on the shopping street, here you turn left and immediately you have the fountain in front of the “Eglesia de Santa Cruz” or the “Church of Santa Cruz”. This church will impress you with his interior made... More 

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Winnipeg
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Only the monastery part of this complex is a museum. The church is still in use for religious purposes. Since the tombs of the first two Portuguese kings are past the rail, on both sides of the main altar, you cannot visit this part of the church while a religious service is taking place. Come back when the service is... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Really liked this cathedral, the blue mosaic tiles are amazing. We came upon it by chance as had not walked around this area but it was worth seeing and could recommend.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

Of all the religious buildings in Coimbra, Santa Cruz was the most stunning. You can enter the main part for free but for 2.50 euro you can see the sacristy and much more. The tiles, statues, stonework and glass are quite stunning!

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Malaga, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

The Monastery of Santa Cruz is located at Praça 8 de Maio, 3. Today it is a National Monument. It is also called the National Pantheon because the first two kings of Portugal are buried there. These kings were Afonso Henriques and his successor, Sancho I. Their tombs were created by Nicolau Chanterene, and these were done in 1530. The... More 

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