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Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz

Praca do 8 de Maio, Coimbra, Portugal
23/982-29-41
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Ranked #11 of 43 attractions in Coimbra
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: Monastery of Santa Cruz 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... more »
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Santa Comba Dao, Portugal
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89 reviews 89 reviews
48 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
42 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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117 reviews 117 reviews
37 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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Oeiras, Portugal
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330 reviews 330 reviews
89 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

Imagine a 12th century church with the tombs of the 2 very first kings of the country, just downtown in a commercial street. Imagine the peace and quiet inside, with a beautiful pipe organ. You don't have to: just go and visit Igreja de Santa Cruz and enjoy it!

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Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

If you like History that is a place to visit in Coimbra. The first kings of Portugal remains are there, and they have some other hidden gems as well, like Saint Antony's origins. Reccomended!

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France
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

Beautiful Church right in the center of the city. Liked it so much we went there twice during our two-day visit!

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Stuttgart, Germany
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56 reviews 56 reviews
31 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

It was closed to visitors, since it was the afternoon of Easter Sunday, but the exterior is an architectural gem.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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150 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

This old churche is situated in the historic center of Coimbra and is beautiful with an amazing portuguese tiles.

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