Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz, Coimbra

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The Santa Cruz Monastery, best known as Igreja de Santa Cruz, is a National Monument in Coimbra, Portugal. Because the first two kings of Portugal are buried in the church it was granted the status of National Pantheon. Founded in 1131 outside the protecting walls of Coimbra, the Santa Cruz Monastery was the most important monastic house during the early days of the Portuguese monarchy. St. Theotonius founded this community of Canons Regular of the Holy Cross of Coimbra and served as their first prior. The monastery and church were erected between 1132 and 1223. The monastery was granted numerous papal privileges and royal grants, which allowed the accumulation of considerable wealth, at the same time as it consolidated its position on the politico-institutional and cultural scene. Its school, with its vast library, was highly respected in medieval times and was a meeting point for the intellectual and power elites. Its scriptorium was used for the consolidation of royal power by King Afonso Henriques, thus it was not considered strange that he decided to be buried there.Nothing remains of the early Romanesque monastery. It is known that it had only one nave and a high tower in the façade, as typical of the Augustinian-Romanesque constructions, but none of those elements subsisted. In the first half of the 16th century, the Monastery was completely renovated by King Manuel's order, this monarch having assumed the Monastery tutelage.
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  • August 19, 2017
    He respects reminiscent of Gothic Manueline Lisbon but also has legacies. Rich and impressive façade at the end of the pedestrian zone low. Mandatory visit to the cloister and sacristy.
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  • August 18, 2017
    It is the only Church I've seen with the walls decorated with tiles. The rest I think not particularly spectacular, a beautiful home and one interesting altar; but the walls tiled in white and blue representing religious scenes if they are very curious. It is in the Center and it takes little to visit it. Why not make him a visit if you're going to Coimbra?
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  • August 16, 2017
    The Church is beautiful, is conveniently located in the lower part of the city. All too visited
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  • Impressive scale and very unique pipe organ. The square outside has a nice atmosphere as well, and several inexpensive cafes.
  • Nice church in the centre of Coimbra. Great tiles inside the work.
  • Beautiful church, very well kept. First king is buried here, entry was free.
  • Really cool XXII century church. Resting place of the first king of Portugal.
  • Famous because it's where the first king of Portugal is buried

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Indulge in the medieval splendor of Coimbra by booking a hotel in the city's historical hilltop and hillside central area, which is home to the majority of its hotels and guesthouses. By staying right in the middle of the Old Town, you'll have medieval monasteries, Renaissance homes, and Baroque halls right at your doorstep. You'll also be within walking distance of the city's famed university complex. Alternatively, try staying in one of the center's youth hostels, which offer shared rooms, lockers, breakfast, and a comfortable bed at a fraction of the cost of an upscale hotel. These accommodations also give you a good base from which you can experience the city's student-fueled nightlife. To get away from the mainstream tourist center a bit, opt for a hotel or bed and breakfast in the quieter residential neighborhoods east of the university.
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