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Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Nova, Coimbra

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The Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Nova is a monastery in Coimbra, Portugal. It was built to replace the mediaeval Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha, located nearby, which at the time was prone to frequent flooding by the waters of the Mondego river. The monastery was built in the 17th and 18th centuries and is classified as a National Monument. It is located in the Santa Clara parish.The Monastery of Santa Clara of Coimbra was founded in the early 14th century near the river Mondego by Queen Elizabeth of Portugal, wife of King Dinis I. The queen was greatly admired during and after her life for her pious and generous nature, and was canonised in the 17th century.Through the centuries, the church and monastic buildings were repeatedly flooded by the Mondego. In the 17th century, under the rule of King John IV, it was decided that a new monastery was to be built for the religious community. Construction works began in 1649, and the church was finished by 1696. All nuns as well as the Gothic tombs of Queen Elizabeth and other royal princesses were transferred to the new monastery, therefore called "Santa Clara-a-Nova" (Saint Clare-the-New).The project of the monastery was entrusted to Father João Turriano, a benedictine monk and royal engineer, who conceived the ensemble in the simple Mannerist style of 17th-century Portugal. Construction works were led by royal architect Mateus do Couto. The church, consecrated in 1696, is of rectangular floorplan, has a single-aisled nave and lacks a transept. The interior is illuminated by a series of (clerestory) windows located on the second storey of the nave.
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  • A very quiet place, with guided tour, but unfortunately most gives visit you can't take pictures. Can only photograph the inside of the Church, in other places you can't
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  • Only recommended for lovers of history, to see the tomb of Queen Elizabeth. I have to pay entrance to see three dependencies; the Church, a room with the sarcophagus of the Queen and the cloister. All very little care.
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  • To stroll through the area, my husband and I decided to visit the Church and the cloister, whose cost would be EUR 2. Inside, in the service station, the collaborator convinced my husband that, for a little more money, we could visit the convent. Without thinking too much, we can access to his words with enthusiasm. Conclusion: we visited the Church, we passed a room where there was an exhibition, but was just there the old coffin of Queen Saint. Then we went through a hallway with half a dozen exhibitors, we went out to the cloister and the visit was made. I felt cheated and robbed. It was a robbery. It is not justified to pay 10 euros for not seeing much more beyond the Church and the cloisters (that would be for 4 euros). In addition, everything was in bad shape, and if someone wanted to go to the bathroom would also have to pay. Don't do the full tour. Adds nothing.
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  • Nice view of Coimbra
  • Beautiful Coimbra all very close and well kept
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  • Os claustros mais bonitos de Coimbra
  • Considero ser um sitio lindo para visitas.
  • Bonito, sossegado