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5 reviews of Café Santa Cruz

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Iconic café

I went to this iconic café during my visit to Coimbra last year and I consider it a must in the same way that Majestic coffee in Porto is a must. This luxurious cafe was inaugurated in 1923 in its namesake plaza, but today offers more affordable prices than it once did. The cafe was once a chapel attached to the Monastery of Santa Cruz, and the previous Manueline-style architecture with its very wide rooms and high ceilings still stands, complete with the stained glass found in most medieval chapels. It's very close to the financial and commercial center of the college-town of Coimbra. Close by, there's a large pedestrian street known as "A Baixa! or Ferreira Borges street where you can find all kinds of shops for clothes, watches, shoes, jewelry, etc.
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Santa cruz cafe

This is a cafe you will find it in the village of Coimbra (Portugal) and is the former sacristy of the Church of Santa Cruz (right next door). It was a unique conversion that actually suits it quite well. The vaulted ceilings and stone walls are conserved well, which together with antique decor: old wood, large fans that remove air in summer, embossed leather covered chairs, marble tables with wrought iron base ... give it a colonial feel and it is very welcoming. It has a large bar where you can have a coffee. It has an outdoor terrace and some days live entertainment performs at night. It is very well situated. The staff is friendly and the service is very good. A good place to take a break while strolling through the center of Coimbra.
Fer Tamudo
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It was inaugurated on may 8, 1923, choosing this date to be located in the plaza may 8.

The building was constructed in 1530 to serve as a parish church, after Don Juan III in 1527, commanded reform the Monastery of Santa Cruz and the University. Since then becomes Monastery National Cemetery and next decides to build a parish for daily use. Although other functions served after its desecration: hardware, police station, plumbing, funeral, fire station ... The building has undergone several changes since its inception. Domed construction is now divided into three. The arch marks the division of what had been a chapel, also vaulted. The imagery used is varied, lotus flower, the lamb, the sun, the moon, acanthus leaves, among other typically Christian. The original facade was very simple with just a portal with three small slits in the top. With the reform of 1923, is amended pretty, adopting a tone Renaissance, inspired by a set of stained glass windows. After much controversy about installing a restaurant, everything is resolved with changing façade project by architect Jaime Ignacio dos Santos.

Se inaugura el 8 de mayo de 1923, eligiendo esta fecha por estar situado en la plaza 8 de mayo.

El edificio fue construido en 1530 para servir como iglesia parroquial, después de que Don Juan III en 1527, mandara reformar el Monasterio de Santa Cruz y la Universidad. Desde entonces El Monasterio pasa a ser Panteón Nacional y se decide construir al lado una parroquia para el uso diario. Aunque sirvió para otras funciones después de su profanación: ferretería, estación de policía, plomería, funeraria, estación de bomberos…

El edificio ha sufrido varios cambios desde su creación. La construcción abovedada está ahora dividida en tres. El arco marca la división de lo que había sido una capilla, también abovedada. La iconografía utilizada es muy variada, flor de loto, el cordero, el sol, la luna, las hojas de acanto, entre otras típicamente cristianas. La fachada primitiva era muy simple con sólo un portal con tres pequeñas aberturas en la parte superior. Con la reforma de 1923, se modifica bastante, adoptando un tono renacentista, animado por un conjunto de vidrieras de colores.

Después de mucha controversia acerca de la instalación de un restaurante, todo se resuelve con el cambio de proyecto de fachada por el arquitecto Jaime Ignacio dos Santos.
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The best place to get coffee there in coimbra, but outside because it is the worst i've had in portugal in a week.

The best place to get coffee there in Coimbra, except that it is the worst I've had in Portugal in a week. The place is worth it, because it has a spectacular facade, like the old wood interior. All truth well maintained, located in one of the most central square "Praca 8 de Maio". I said ask you anything other than a coffee and you will not regret.

El mejor lugar para tomar un cafe que hay en coimbra, sino fuera porque es el peor que me he tomado en portugal en una semana.

El mejor lugar para tomar un cafe que hay en Coimbra, sino fuera porque es el peor que me he tomado en Portugal en una semana.
El lugar merece la pena, ya que posee una fachada es espectacular, al igual que el interior en madera antigua.
Todo muy bien cuidado la verdad, situado en una de las plaza mas centricas "Praca 8 de Maio".
Lo dicho pediros otra cosa que no sea un café y no os arrepentireis.
Jose Luis RM
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Very nice coffee. worth switching to ...

Very nice coffee. Worth switching to coffee for 1.5 €. When we stayed there was a fado concert night.

Muy bonito el café. Merece la pena pasarse a tomar un café por 1,5€. Cuando estuvimos nosotros había un concierto de fados por la noche.
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Information about Café Santa Cruz

Café Santa Cruz Phone Number
239 833 617
239 833 617
Café Santa Cruz Address
Pza. 8 de Mayo
Pza. 8 de Mayo
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