Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha, Coimbra

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 380+ 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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  • Congratulations for the excellent work with these ruins! Feel the magic within these walls. The Museum, full of everyday objects of the sisters that have passed, the auditorium with that movie Portuguese and subtitled in English, the space, the small bar, the care put into what the Mondego insists on complaining, contributes greatly to your town proud of my country! All this with a low price.
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  • Beautiful place, walking hear the singing of the cloistered Sisters who live there. The energy is infectious. You can visit the Church that is also very pretty inside ...
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  • Before or after visiting the monastery of Santa Clara-a-Nova, a passage through the monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha is essential to complete the trip back in time and learn more about the order and on the Queen's life. Early in a film that is in us history. In addition to its historical and architectural value, the monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha shows care for heritage conservation in the face of the elements of nature, in particular, of the Mondego River. The monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha also hosts seasonal shows. A must for those who live in Coimbra as for those visiting the city.
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  • Definitely worth a visit. The ruins of the monastery are beautiful and it's full of history
  • Nice to visit there is a small museum visited inside the new building and then visit the remnant.
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  • a beautiful monastery
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  • É um dos lugares mais emblemáticos de Coimbra, visita obrigatória para quem vai à cidade. O Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha data do final do século 13. Durante muito tempo, acolheu as Irmãs Clarissas, que ali viviam em clausura. Ao longo dos séculos, sofreu sucessivos alagamentos provocados pelas cheias do Mondego, sendo abandonado definitivamente pelas religiosas em 1677. Sua edificação, que hoje encontra-se em ruínas, faz parte um centro cultural composto de um museu, um auditório, salas de exposições, uma loja e uma cafeteria.
  • Linda structure do not stop visiting and learning because it was built by Queen Isabel
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