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The graves of kings at Coimbra's Santa Cruz Monastery

The Santa Cruz Monastery is set in the heart of Coimbra, Portugal, but back in 1131 it was built outside the walls of Coimbra by the Order of St. Augustine as a school for intellectual and noble elites. The building is mish mash of designs ­ there are elements of the original Romanesque church, which was redone in gothic, Manueline, Mannerist and even Baroque. It is a lesson in Portuguese architecture as well as history, as two of Portugal’s kings were buried there. It is, in all its glory, one of the most impressive, historic, and inspiring monuments in Portugal. 




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