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Igreja de Sao Tiago is located in Coimbra. Before you head to Coimbra, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Coimbra trip planner, to make sure you see all that Coimbra has to offer, including Igreja de Sao Tiago.
Igreja de Sao Tiago Reviews
Built in the XII (12th) century, in the Romanesque style is well worth a visit. It is quiet and will be cool on a hot day. more »
Stonework that is exquisite is one of the hallmarks of this atmospheric church. In particular, the columns at the doorway are beautifully decoratively carved. Dating from towards the end of the... more »
This church has a great history and it’s a place to visit.
The history of the church of Santiago began in the middle of the 10th century with the donation of its land to the Monastery of Lorvão. However, the consecration of the church only occurred in 1206. Its construction seems to have lasted for many years. Throughout history, the church has undergone several changes. It was even built a second church over the first in the 16th century. This was removed during the restoration in the early 20th century. As a consequence, added to the architectural originality of many of its parts, there is no consensus on the chronology of its structure. In any case, such interventions do not diminish the architectural richness that the church of Santiago possesses. It is an example of the Romanesque school of Coimbra. The church features traces of fortitude, sober decor and small openings. Thus, privileging the military defensive character in its stone construction, as is typical of the Romanesque. A prominent and peculiar work of the 12th century Romanesque school of Coimbra is the southern portal. Note the geometric shapes that refer to the flora. These are the result of previous studies carried out in the Old Cathedral. This same style, but of a later period, can be identified in the main portal.
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