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Igreja de Santa Cruz


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One of many stunning churches

Published by Ethel Rudnitzki — 2 years ago

Coimbra has over 50 churches. Each of them has it's own history and beauty, but Santa Cruz certainly stands out. 

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Location

It is located in a main square in Coimbra downtown called Praça 8 de Maio (or May 8th in English). It's a very touristic place, where you can find lots of cafes, and admire the cute portuguese buildings, covered in mosaics and tiles. 

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In the middle of the square there is a fountain and sometimes, during the nights, there are some music spectacles that take place there. The church is lightened and it becomes a very special scenery.

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History

Santa Cruz is also one of the oldests churches in Coimbra. It has more than eight hundred years (but it was almost completely reformed 500 years ago - only some parts of it are original). 

Inside you will find walls covered in portuguese tiles, a beautiful organ and the mausoleum of Portugal's first king. You can also visit the chuch's cloister, where the monks used to live from the 12th to the 17th century. 

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Why visit

It was one of the first thing I visited in Coimbra and it made me fall in love with the town. How can it be that a city is inhabited by so many young people (due to its university) and it has so many old places like this at the same time?

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Really impressive. It's a must see in town! 

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