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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  • Loved it! A fine example of a well-preserved monument, with a good Museum and a great explanation of the history of the monument. It is worth visiting, without any doubt.
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  • We were lucky enough to arrive late on a Friday afternoon when the local university choir was singing for an hour and their voices were nothing short of amazing. The grounds and the church shell are s...  more »
  • It is a national monument and an archaeological site (14th - 17TH). It has an interpretation Center in which also projected a documentary to understand better the place (in Portuguese, English subtitles). It includes visit to the ruins, exhibition of archaeological funds of the convent. The flooded convent was recovered at the end of the 20th century and today you can visit. Much attention well preserved which is a building that was partially submerged. Timetables: Tuesday-Sunday 10 h - 18 h (last entrance 17 h 30) from May to September: 10 to 19 hours. October-April: 10 to 17 hours. Last entry 16:30(En_abril_los_fines_de_semana_hasta_las_19_h.). Tickets up to 45 minutes before closing. Closed Mondays, January 1, Domingo de Pascua, 1 May and 25 December. Free entry on Sundays and holidays until 14:00 hours. Normal ticket: 4 euros. Students and older than 65 years: 2 euros. Up to 12 years and the first Sunday of every month, free.
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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.