The venerable University of Coimbra is not the oldest school in the city. The Mosteiro de Santa Cruz predates the university by over a century. The monastery was a highly respected school during medieval times.
Saint Theotonius was the monastery’s first prior and Saint Anthony of Padua studied theology and Latin at the monastery. The first two kings of Portugal, Afonso Henriques and Sancho I, are buried in the church.
Because of its historical importance, the Mosteiro de Santa Cruz is a Portuguese National Landmark.