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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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  • There's a lovely old chapel, cloister as in other monasteries, but there is also the story of Santa Isabel, Queen who expressed his charity to the poor, the miracle of transformation in Roses of breads that she carried hidden to donate when it was surprised by the King who did not approve of his gestures of solidarity with the less fortunate.
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  • The monastery church is beautiful, although small was the most sumptuous is rich I've ever seen in Portugal. Don't let go of the Quinta da Tears, before laws on the history of Inês de Castro and infante Pedro.
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  • Check Portugal History on this: it was built as an option to teh Old Maonastery Santa Clara a Velha, enar Quinta das Lagrimas and Portugal dos pequenitos. The old Monastery was constantly flooded by M...  more »
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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