Monastery of Santa Cruz

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.

Monastery of Santa Cruz

 

Street Scene, Porto Portugal

I really like photographing street scenes and cityscapes. This photograph was taken from near the Porto Cathedral.  I love the colors of Porto, with the azulejos of various colors.  Another thing that I find fascinating is the juxtaposition of the old and new.  The modernity of the cars and satellite dishes and graffiti don’t really seem out of place against the buildings, some of which are hundreds of years old.

Porto Street Scene