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Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz

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Praca 8 de Maio, Coimbra 3001-801, Portugal
+351 239 822 941
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed November 12, 2017

Beautiful church with rich history. Is is sumptuously decorated church. Originally part of a larger monastery of the Canons Regular of St. Augustine, it was founded by the first king of Portugal in the 12th century. Therefore the first two kings of Portugal are buried...More

2  Thank Marc V
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed November 8, 2017

This church is so central to downtown Coimbra and probably gets more tourists walking past it than any other attraction in the city. Why then has no-one (least of all the church administration) has bothered to restore what once must have been one of the...More

3  Thank rhysw552016
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Reviewed 3 days ago

While the Coimbra University and Old Cathedral (Se) can be more popular and more visited, this is a gem not to be missed. See the ornamented pulpit and extravagant pipe organ and visit for 3 Euros more hidden treasuries at the back, including Sacristy and...More

Thank Janoshka
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This lovely church has some notable aspects such as the burial places of the first two kings of Portugal, the Baroque pipe organ, the cloister of silence, and the intricate metal frieze above the choir stalls in the upstairs loft that refers to Portugal’s heyday...More

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Reviewed October 14, 2018

The Monastery of the Holy Cross is a very lovely church sitting within a pleasant square at the heart of the city. The Baroque pipe organ of the 18th Century is just magnificent and should not be missed as is the fantastic portal of the...More

Thank Big_Jeff_Leo
Reviewed October 7, 2018

A Plaza with a Cathedral where D. Afonso henriques, the 1st king of Portugal, is laid to rest. Usually has fado right next to it at night.

Thank Joao B
Reviewed September 23, 2018 via mobile

Known in english as the monastery of the Holy Cross of church of Santa Cruz this building is both beautiful and powerful. Set in a small plaza, much of the current church (more like a cathedral) was built in the 16th century. As Coimbra was...More

Thank pakabay
Reviewed August 30, 2018 via mobile

Not just a church - pay 3E for a visit behind the doors - some interesting artefacts - I was given a pamphlet in English that was very informative - 7 rooms to visit - I found it quite fascinating- you can also get a...More

Thank Tiziana C
Reviewed August 11, 2018

Nice old cathedral. Located in city centre. Provides information about old history. For full visit they charge around 2 euro / person which I think is worth.

Thank signsun1202
Reviewed July 30, 2018

Full of history is a beautiful church near the river with a lot of art. Stop by to enjoy some of it.

Thank Salvador H
Reviewed July 29, 2018

While I choose must to view just the church, the Monastery was certainly drawing lots of visitors. Loved the blue/white mosaic on the church walls. One display had me gasp in shock, as it appeared to truly be a dead person, clothed in purple.

Thank sharrongeg
Reviewed July 12, 2018 via mobile

Old spirits are around you in this spectacular venue. A historically and architecturally interesting church and cloister to visit.

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