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Address: Praca 8 de Maio, Coimbra 3000-300, Portugal
Phone Number: 23/982-29-41
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Tombs of the kings

THis church has two very beautiful sculpted tombs of the first two kings of Portugal. Well worth visiting this church. It is free to visit this site and walk all the way into... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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New Providence, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

THis church has two very beautiful sculpted tombs of the first two kings of Portugal. Well worth visiting this church. It is free to visit this site and walk all the way into the back by the alter to see the tombs.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There is nothing wrong, but in the peninsula of Iberia or country of Portugal, there is so much history and so much to see that I am not sure that this sight would make the list.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In this church you can find two remarkable sculpted tombs, of the two first Portuguese kings, with statues by Chanterene, one of the finest renaissance sculptors working in Portugal. The pulpit is also his work. There is also a very nice gothic cloister and a few ornate rooms, with lovely decorative tiles.

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Coimbra, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The first two kings of Portugal, King Afonso Henriques and of his successor, King Sancho I, are buried in the church and that in itself makes it worth a visit. The architecture is interesting and I highly recommend that you do some reading about the history of the Church before you visit. Next to the church and once part of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

must see if visiting coimbra, beautiful church, Afonso Henriques' tomb by the altarpiece. Surprisingly, in spite of its historical significance it misses repair works

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016

The facade and interior of the church are ancient and wonderful. It is so peaceful to visit. Mass is served here everyday and well attended. Read up on this church before visiting as this will give more of an insight of what to look for and appreciate.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

This monastery (c.12th-13th century) is the final resting place of two of Portugal's kings. The current (rebuilt) Manueline style structure dates back to the 16th century. The wood-ribbed ceilings contrast with the austere stone structure. There are numerous notable works of art housed inside. One of the most impressive features is the 18th century Baroque pipe organ. Attached to the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

Peaceful Majestic Excellent value at 1 euro donation Stunning architecture and history Definitely worth visiting and exploring. It is possible to take photos inside too

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Launceston, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

The traditional blue and white tiles on the wall are very attractive. There is free entry and the cool interior temperature is a welcome relief. The stone carvings on the front side walls are very detailed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

The tombs of the two kings are truly of the highest artistic quality. They are located on the sides of the main altar and most tourists gather exactly there. Seeing so many people on a church altar feels unusual, if not disrespectful, but that's the only way to see the tombs. The sacristy is also very beautiful with a special... More 

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