Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha, Coimbra
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Inundated and hidden by centuries of floods, Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha now stands as a preserved example of Gothic religious architecture. Constructed during the 1300s, the building succumbed to constant flooding of the Mondego River by the 17th century. Visit the abandoned monastery, which was excavated during the latter half of the 20th century, and you'll be greeted with a near-complete complex restored to viewable condition. Wander through the church on the raised platforms within, and you'll see naves, cloisters, chapels, and courtyards--giving you an idea of how the building appeared when the waters finally swallowed it. Stop by the visitor center for more background information on the founding, construction, and history of the convent, as well as a display of artifacts found at the site. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha by using our Coimbra trip builder.
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  • To the River Mondego, and also more trendy circuit of visits to Chen, despite its proximity to Portugal of the little ones. Has a narrower visitation schedule, should notify the same to plan the visit.
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  • It is very beautiful, we see the marks of the floods, the Museum is Rico in artifacts and history, is a true back in time ...
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  • A monument that is worth visiting if you are a lover of art and architecture. The environment to been adapted in a manner harmonious. Worth seeing and stroll through the surrounding area.
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  • Nice and old site in coimbra and with sunday free entry is much better
  • Breathtaking recovery of an old monastery that was, at some point, under the water.
  • Definitely worth a visit. The ruins of the monastery are beautiful and it's full of history
  • All the constructions around the monestery are interesting!
  • Nice monastery, but with very complicated access and not much friendly staff.