Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz

Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz, Coimbra: Hours, Address, Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz Reviews: 4.5/5

Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz

Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Malgorzata
9,629 contributions
A very nice church
Jul 2020
The Church of Santa Cruz is located in the center of Coimbra, the historic center, in a very charming place. A very nice church. It was erected in the first half of the XII century. Lots to see, lots of history. The heart of the Romanesque church is an unusual altar without a statue, and two amazing tombs of Portugal's first rulers: Alphonsus I the Conqueror and Sancho I. The blue azulejos tiles are a characteristic feature of the church. The interior of the temple is decorated with a huge organ with fantastic Japanese works of art. A monastery is a real gem. A must visit if you are in Coimbra. Next to it is a square with a number of cafes.
Written April 6, 2021
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia20,825 contributions
When the reconstruction is only good...
Feb 2020
The church and Monastery of Santa Cruz is a clear example of the fact that supporters of preserving authenticity are not always right. Reconstruction, carried out on the orders of King Manuel I, went to Santa Cruz in favor. The main facade of the monastery in the Manuelino style of the first third of the XVI century is magnificent. Azulejos on the Bible in the Church, one of the best examples of the genre. In the Main Chapel of the temple there are tombs of the first kings of Portugal Afonso I the Great and Sancho I. The tombs, which combine elements of Gothic and Renaissance, were made in the XVI century by Nicolau Chanterin, who also worked in the old cathedral. The entrance to the church is free, but to visit the sacristy and cloister you need to pay 2.5 euros.
Written January 6, 2021
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Aleph_999
Salamanca, Spain670 contributions
Excellent
Aug 2020
It is a very nice place with an awesome sacristy and very nice cloister. The style is mixed with many "Manuelino" details (manuelino art was a late Gothic from Portugal). It really deserves a visit to catch a glimpse of the life of monks in Coimbra during old times
Written August 23, 2020
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Ivo Carneiro De Sousa
Macau, China146 contributions
A visit to the historical birth of Portugal
Aug 2019
Santa Cruz de Coimbra is one of the most important historical sites of Portugal that cannot be forgotten: tourists with a minimum cultural interest must visit the monastery and the church. It is almost a necessary narrative to understand the independence of Portugal in the first half of the 12th century since ideology, and religious justification of the new kingdom came from the monastery monks, "scriptorium," and unique medieval library. Therefore, the visitor immediately finds in the church the astonishing graves of the first two kings of Portugal: Afonso Henriques and his son Sancho I. The toms are already a Renaissance work as in the façade of the church or its magnific 16th-century choir chair. The cloistres are astonishing, namely the exterior cloister of "Manga." The visit is a learning experience on the formation of Portugal and the history of "Manueline" art -- from King Manuel I --, but the tour conditions demand some modernization and updating. There is a lack of information and web guides; the place from the church naves to the choir is very dark and requires proper lighting. Nonetheless, this is an unmissable visit if you are traveling in Portugal.
Written March 14, 2020
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RobertJE
London, UK542 contributions
More to see than is obvious from outside
Feb 2020 • Couples
The church looks interesting from the outside and is peaceful and restful inside. At the end of the church on the right though is the entrance to another world. At €3 it really is a bargain to see the cloisters, upper choir, anterooms and tombs of Portugal's first two kings. One of the anterooms is truly spectacular with a distinctive moorish influence. The lady at the entrance was really helpful and explained what we would see and provided us with a card explaining each of the 8 sites on the self guided tour - spent rather longer (over an hour) than the ten minutes we had planned to stop here!!
Written February 18, 2020
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BelaN74
Mississauga, Canada4,008 contributions
Beautiful
Jul 2019
This was our first stop in Coimbra as this was my mom's church when she was growing up. It was a very sentimental moment and I made sure to just sit and enjoy the beauty around me.
Written January 11, 2020
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Miguel F
Porto, Portugal17 contributions
Well worth the complete visit
Apr 2019
One of the several pantheons in Portugal, the oldest, used as resting place for the first two Kings of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques and D. Sancho I. It is a remarkable example of late gothic portuguese architecture (Manuelino) and very well preserved. Both church and cloister are surprisingly beautiful given the fact that they were engulfed by the city. From the outside it's not possible to imagine what you will see in the inside.
Written December 30, 2019
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Steve M
Merthyr Tydfil, UK285 contributions
Impressive church rich in history
Aug 2019
The initial attraction of visiting this church was that it housed the tombs of the first two kings of Portugal. However, the church has much more to offer. The beautiful tiling and architecture as well worth a visit. Take time to walk around the entire church as there is so much to see. There is no fee for this visit. There is a lovely sense of peace here.
Written September 25, 2019
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Peter_K_B_Toronto
Toronto, Canada1,319 contributions
Impressive church
Sep 2019 • Couples
The decor is really overdone with tons of gold etc. But it is certainly dramatic. There was no fee to visit.
Written September 16, 2019
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Heather E
England, UK203 contributions
Coimbra Must See
Jul 2019
Coimbra was my third stop on my tour of Portugal and I did not really want to see another church after Porto and Braga but I think this was one of my favourite places. It is so deceptive, you think it is just another church but if you walk in and pay 3 euros (which is frankly a bargain) you can enter the old monastery. You get plastic cards which describe all the history and highlights and it is just enough information to make it interesting. Much better than the monastery in Belém, much much better than many of the various Sé's I visited. There were also not many other tourists when I visited which probably made it more enjoyable.
Written August 9, 2019
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