Igreja de Santa Cruz

sights / Religious

Igreja de Santa Cruz information

Coimbra , Portugal
Praça 8 de Maio
adult/student €2.50/1.50
Opening hours
9am-5pm Mon-Fri, 9am-noon & 2-5pm Sat, 4-5.30pm Sun
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From the trendy shops outside, this church plunges you back to Portugal's past. Step through the Renaissance porch and flamboyant 18th-century arch to discover some of the Coimbra School's finest work, including an ornate pulpit and the elaborate tombs of Portugal's first kings, Afonso Henriques and Sancho I. The most striking Manueline work is in the restrained 16th-century cloister.

Behind the church is the Jardim da Manga (once part of the cloister) and its curious fountain: a lemon-yellow, four-buttressed affair.