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Top places of worship recommendations from locals

Sculpture Garden
“Rooted in the earliest years of the Portuguese monarchy, this monastery goes back to the 12th century. The architecture though is later, with a 16th-century Manueline design summed up by the captivating decoration on the main portal, ceiling and cloister outside. Later that same century the pulpit and gilded wooden stalls were added in a resplendent Renaissance style. But the big story at the monastery has to be the tombs of Portugal’s first two kings, Afonso Henriques and Sancho I. They reigned in the 12th century and in the 1500s their remains were transferred to a marvellous Manueline ensemble sculpted by Nicolau Chanterene. (700 meters from this accommodation)”
  • 7 locals recommend
“Back when Coimbra was a frontier between Christianity and Islam, King Afonso Henriques established this Romanesque cathedral. It was built not long after his victory over the Moors at the Battle of Ourique in 1139, and unlike other churches of its day has kept a lot of its Romanesque character. You’ll know that you’re at a boundary between worlds when you approach the austere facade, which is capped with crenellations and has only slender openings in its wall. Inside, the primitive barrel vault hints at the great age of the cathedral, and the column capitals have wonderful foliate, geometric and bestial designs. Lovers of medieval art will have 380 of these masterful capitals to inspect! (450 meters from this accommodation)”
  • 9 locals recommend
Music Venue
“LISTEN TO FADO, PORTUGALS HERITAGE MUSIC Fado is traditional folk music originating in Portugal. Melancholy by nature, the music includes instruments like guitars and mandolins with one Fadista singing poetic lyrics related to darker elements of love, death and sadness. Many Fadistas perform in restaurants so you can get a great meal while enjoying this moving music. The Cultural House “aCapella” is housed in a 14th century chapel in the Jewish quarter of Coimbra, and offers a pleasant terrace, bar and tapas service. ( “Fado ao Centro” is a cultural centre where you can watch a rehearsal or ask questions. (”
  • 4 locals recommend
“The name “New Cathedral” (Sé Nova) is a little deceiving as this fine church is almost 500 years old. It began as a Jesuit temple, and the exterior has a Mannerist and Baroque design. The lower half is older and more sober, with pediments and niches, while the top half has far more lavish sculpture, composed of pinnacles, scrolls and a coat of arms. Not long after the Jesuits were thrown out of Portugal in 1759, this church was picked for the new cathedral because of its ample size. A few ornaments were brought from the Old Cathedral, like the 17th-century choir stalls, gilded reredos and the marvellous baptismal font, carved from stone in the Manueline style at the start of the 1500s. (650 meters from this accommodation)”
  • 1 local recommends
“É um dos edifícios em estilo românico+importantes d Portugal.A sua construção começou depois da Batalha de Ourique(1139),quando Afonso Henriques se proclamou Rei de Portugal e Coimbra capital do reino”
  • 3 locals recommend
“The Church of the Holy Family, with its dome, is considered one of the most beautiful in the country; the chapel-reliquary of Saint Michael; the old library, with more than nine thousand books from the years 1507 to 1800; the episcopal lodging; the tiled room; and the Mondego balcony, with a magnificent view over the city. Also noteworthy are a woodcut by Monsignor Nunes Pereira, a canvas of the famous painter Grão Vasco and the tube organ of the 18th century, built in 1762 by João Fontana de Maquera, which is inserted in the category of “Iberian organs” and has 1500 tubes.”
  • 1 local recommends