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Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Nova, Coimbra

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4/5 based on 130 reviews on the web
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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  • Is a large monastery with important pieces of history. Is not very touristy, which may make it difficult to maintain ... broken Windows and a smell of mothballs, deserves an investment for restoration.
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  • While not accompanied us weather weather (to see the courtyard, statue, and such, because it was raining) to be on the high views of the city, it was worth going to see it and enter into. Tour very interesting since we were emphasizing the grave and things which if not an expert explains them would have been overlooked, and which are very interesting to see and to know, to learn about the history
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  • Very beautiful the Church inside is clearly very old building, everything has a grandeur that one can only feel when you enter.
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  • Nice view of Coimbra
  • The place where the Holy Queen of Portugal. His story is vibrant impossible not to visit it
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  • Considero ser um sitio lindo para visitas.
  • A localização está incorrecta. O Convento de Santa Clara-a-Nova fica nesta localização: 40.203137,-8.437321
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