Igreja de Santa Cruz
Jardim da Manga
The Jardim da Manga was once part of the cloister of the neighbouring Mosteiro de Santa Cruz. Its central feature is its curious...
Núcleo da Guitarra e do Fado de Coimbra/Torre de Anto
On Rua Sub Ripas in Coimbra's upper town is the Torre de Anto, a tower that once formed part of the ancient city walls. The poet António...
Palácio de Sub Ripas
Up Rua Sub Ripas in Coimbra's upper town is the grand Manueline doorway of the early-16th-century Palácio de Sub Ripas; its Renaissance...
Café Santa Cruz
One of Portugal's most atmospheric cafes, where the elderly statesmen meet for their daily cuppas. Santa Cruz is set in a dramatically...
Restaurante Jardim da Manga
This cafeteria-style restaurant serves up tasty meat and fish dishes, with pleasant outdoor seating beside the amazing Jardim da Manga...
Praça 8 de Maio · interesting places nearby
Igreja de Santa Cruz information
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.