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Praca Oito de Maio

Praca 8 de Maio, Coimbra 3000-300, Portugal
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History, Beauty and Music

The old church Santa Cruz is very pretty inside and the plaza infront of it is nice. If you go to... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2017
Dunnellon, Florida
Picturesque ancient square

What is great about this square is its authentic character: the buildings are old and not yet... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2017
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“nice square” (2 reviews)
“santa cruz” (9 reviews)
“municipal” (2 reviews)
Praca 8 de Maio, Coimbra 3000-300, Portugal

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Reviewed 30 October 2017

The old church Santa Cruz is very pretty inside and the plaza infront of it is nice. If you go to this area be sure to check the resturant on the right of the church. It hasold world feel and a Free Fado Show. You...More

Thank larrystory44
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

What is great about this square is its authentic character: the buildings are old and not yet refurbished so the facades look antique. The Santa Cruz church itself has a manueline beautiful portal, partly crumbling but authentically ancient.

Thank PalombiG
Reviewed 5 August 2017

This square leads to many places of interest. The Santa Cruz Church is here and beside it the Santa Cruz cafe. From here you can go to the beautiful University of Coimbra, the Botanical Gardens and much more. The Baixa is adjacent to the square,...More

Thank VoLeary
Reviewed 12 June 2017

A very nice square where most people turn back and head to the Church of Santiago and the Back breaker walk to the old cathedral. You can go around the back of the Santa Cruz church to see an unusual multi-domed and yellow gazebo.

2  Thank flaneur40
Reviewed 5 November 2016

At the end of a very nice and touristic street, you will find this lovely square where you can see a lots of people gathering and passing by. After seeing the church and a couple of boutiques, we took the road back through the down...More

Thank RMartinSDXB
Reviewed 2 November 2016

A must see, of course! Santa Cruz Church, Monastery and Santa Cruz cafe in the very same building as the Monastery- Schedule yours visit in between the Masses: you need access from inside the church to visit the points of interest.

Thank filomenaazevedo
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Located at the start of 'The Baixa' or old downtown, the square has 5 streets running off it and a particularly ugly modern fountain in its centre. Just off the square are lots of narrow streets containing a variety of shops, but especially shoe shops....More

Thank martyncymro
Reviewed 24 July 2016

This is one of the unofficial entrances to Coimbra's Old City. This spacious plaza/square houses the Camara Municipal, Igreja de Santa Cruz and the adjacent Café Santa Cruz as well as several antique buildings. There is a pleasant fountain and several concrete benches which are...More

Thank backpacker31
Reviewed 10 January 2016

A square with a good outdoor space. Has several shopping streets and monuments nearby, nomeadamante the "Igreja de Santa Cruz". I recommend

Thank Daniel N
Reviewed 24 September 2015 via mobile

A beautiful edifice only leads to a stunning church within. I was particularly impressed by the organ for its colour and grandeur. The tiling on the walls as you enter describes tales of faith and praise. The one thing the tourists are reluctant to observe...More

1  Thank Dale T
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