Santa Cruz Monastery, Coímbra

Do not stop visiting the Santa Cruz Monastery in Coímbra, nowadays turned into a National Cemetery.

Santa Cruz Monastery, Coímbra
Santa Cruz Monastery
© Celestino Manuel

This Romanesque temple was built in Coímbra in 1131, during the reign of Afonso Henriques, and it was given to the Order of the Regular Canons of Saint Agustin.

The church was built by the French architect Roberto, and afterwards it went under some improvement works, some promoted by the King Manuel I, among which stand out the creation of vaults, attributed to the master Diogo de Boitaca, or the notable Manueline masonry, dating from 1513. Also stand out other works commanded by King Nicolás Chanterène, when the reclining sculptures of the royal tombs were installed, with Renaissance style.

 

Afonso Henriques and Sancho I, the first king of Portugal, rest on elegant burial mounds in the major chapel of this Romanesque church, currently turned into a National Cemetery.

The facade of the monastery dates from the 16th century and shows Romanesque structural elements combined with the façade decoration; while the triumphal arch dates of the 19th century.

Behind the church is the Manga Garde, which was part of the cluster that takes its same name, and its flashy yellow fountain known as Manga Fountain.

More information:

Location:

Praça 8 de Maio, Coímbra.

Ticket Price:

Free.
For visiting the sacristy, the chapter house, the cluster and the exhibition the price is:
Adults: 3€.

Opening Hours:

From Monday to Saturday from 9h30 to 17h30.
Sundays from 9h30 to 17h30.

Telephone:

(+351) 239 822 941

E-Mail:

igrejasantacruz@mail.telepac.pt

How to arrive:

Bus: 1A, 5, 6, 7, 11, 24, 29, Linha Azul.

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