Coimbra and the Beiras

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  • 1. Convento de Jesus

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In 1472, Princess Joana, daughter of King Afonso V, retired against her father's wishes to the Convento de Jesus—established by papal bull in...Read More

  • 2. Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The evocative ruin of Coimbra's 14th-century monastery has recently undergone extensive restoration to reverse centuries of flood damage. For...Read More

  • 3. Seminário Maior de Coimbra

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Described as the "jewel of the city," this 250-year-old seminary houses one of Portugal's most impressive collections of 18th-century Italian...Read More

  • 4. Igreja da Misericórdia

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Facing Praça da República, in a small square a little way from the old town, you'll find the 18th-century Igreja da Misericórdia and its imposing...Read More

  • 5. Igreja da Misericórdia

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    If the cathedral looks like a fortress, the white, rococo Igreja da Misericórdia across from it looks like a palace. The fussy ornamentation...Read More

  • 6. Igreja de Santa Cruz

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This is Portugal's National Pantheon, the final resting place of the country's first two kings, Dom Afonso Henriques and his son Dom Sancho...Read More

  • 7. Igreja de São Tiago e Panteão dos Cabrais

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The 12th-century stone church contains fragments of original frescoes and a fine Pietà carved from a single block of granite. The tomb of Pedro...Read More

  • 8. Igreja Matriz de Ovar

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The exterior of this late-17th-century church is completely covered with blue-and-white azulejos. ...Read More

  • 9. Igreja Matriz Sao Pedro

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The exterior of the baroque Igreja Matriz is covered with blue-and-white tiles, and well-executed azulejos depicting the Stations of the Cross...Read More

  • 10. Judaria and Museu Judaico

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Adjacent to the Castelo de Belmonte, a cluster of old houses makes up the Juderia. Belmonte had (and, in fact, still has) one of Portugal's...Read More

  • 11. Mosteiro de Lorvão

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Just outside Penacova, in a small wooded valley, is the village of Lorvão and the Mosteiro de Lorvão. This monastery is worth visiting not just...Read More

  • 12. Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Nova

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Repeated flooding of the nearby Mondego River forced the nuns of Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha to flee to higher ground. Built in the 17th...Read More

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    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This massive stone structure with twin square bell towers lends the plaza a solemn air. Construction on this cathedral was started in the 13th...Read More

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    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Construction on the fortress-like Sé started in 1390 but wasn't completed until 1540. As a consequence, the imposing Gothic building also shows...Read More

  • 15. Sé Nova

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 17th-century cathedral was patterned after the baroque church of Il Gesù in Rome, as were many such churches of the day. It took a century...Read More

  • 16. Sé Velha

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Engaged in an ongoing struggle with the Moors, the Portuguese often incorporated fortifications into their churches–-which is why the 12th-century...Read More

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