Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha, Coimbra

(4.5/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
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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  • The site is very well presented, the small museum is very well explained piece by piece. It has a beautiful movie theater where you'll see a film with the story perfectly told and explained. I speak Portuguese and Spanish, so I didn't have any problemal; the disadvantage is that it is only in English and Portuguese. The ruins of the convent are a charm.
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  • It all started in this mosteito, the Queen Saint Isabel of Portugal, died in 1336, and was later buried here. However, for many years, the Mondego waters overflowed the river bed, and quickly rushing into the tomb of the Queen so that the nuns of the monastery, made the transfer to an upper floor, and yet often also here, the tomb was flooded with the waters of the River, until in 1550, was built the monastery of Santa Clara, the new , and was there moved.
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  • Convent founded in the 13th century and following its construction by XIV Gothic style. Classified a national monument in the early 20th century. The problems with flooding from the silting of the Mondego, applicants since the middle ages, were never resolved. This fantastic monument or what's left of it, deserves a proper treatment in order to avoid continued flooding. The adjacent Museum deserves a visit. A great movie about the history of the convent goes on in the Auditorium of this museum. It is recommended to first the film, explanations on the monitor at the entrance of this Museum and, just after a visit to the convent. The cold we spent inside this public museum prevents a more attentive observation of your booty. Visitors and employees, we perceive give their best, they deserve both, at this time of year (we speak here in winter) a suitable heating system.
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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.