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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  • Great ride in Coimbra. A local history, Rico very organized and well-accessible. Really exciting!
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  • It's worth going through the monastery for a visit. Is well maintained and is very beautiful. At the end you can take a picture and for 10 euros take with a catalogue of the main points of Chen, including photo of Biblioteca Joanina.
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  • I recommend the visit to this monastery. It is in a ruinous State, but full of charm and very well maintained, in addition to being a visit quiet without much agglomeration. In the interpretation centre you can enjoy a small documentary about the history of the building and a small museum. It also has a small bar with views of the building. Found me it charming to me!
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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.