A tour of Coimbra’s churches II

As I promised you in my other post, I’ll continue to introduce you into a tour of Coimbra’s churches. I want to do that because I think that you should not leave Coimbra without visiting all or at least a few of the churches and the cathedrals. Trust me, you will not be disappointed!

Church of Santa Justa

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Santa Justa is a monumental church of Coimbra, being one of the most visited objectives by the tourists. The present building was inaugurated in 1724 because the other one was destroyed by floods. The church contains two bell towers and inside of it you can see paintings, images and liturgical items. For your information, the church is situated in Bairro Santa Justa and you can arrive here by taking the buses 1A, 5, 6, 7, 11, 24 or 29.

Church of Nossa Senhora da Graca

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The church of Nossa Senhora da Graca or Our Lady of Grace dates back to the 16th century and it features an image of Virgin and Child. This building is the first representation of the Renaissance architecture in Coimbra and that’s why it was an example for many other monuments. The interior of the church is built in the Mannerist and Baroque style, therefore you can imagine that it is a beauty.

Church of Saint Bartholomew

The church of Saint Bartholomew is one of the oldest buildings in Coimbra, dating back to the 10th century.  Later, it was reconstructed in the 12th and the 18th century in the Baroque style. Outside the building you can see a portal and two bell towers and inside of it there are paintings of the artist Pascoal Parente, a nave and a chapel, with an altarpiece that features the Martyr Bartholomew. The church is situated in the center of Coimbra, next to the Commerce Square, and the entry is free for the visitors.

Monastery of Santa Clara a Nova

The Monastery of Santa Clara a Nova was built in the 17th century in order to replace the monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha, which was affected by the floods from the river. The ruins of this church can be visited by the tourists too. The Monastery of Santa Clara a Nova contains wonderful Gothic tombs and a beautiful altarpiece decorated with paintings. Also, here can be seen the statue of Saint Elizabeth and the silver tomb of Queen Elisabeth.

Now that I have completed a tour of Coimbra’s churches, all you have to do is come here and see them with your own eyes. If you want to find out more information you can access http://www.turismodecoimbra.pt

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