Church of Santa Clara (Igreja de Santa Clara), Porto

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At the hidden, 15th-century Church of Santa Clara (Igreja de Santa Clara), view some of Portugal's most impressive and beautiful woodwork and gilding. Just minutes from Batalha Square, discover the small church tucked away from mainstream tourism. The church's exterior is relatively simply designed, but the structure's interior was transformed in the 17th century into an intricate work of art. Walk inside and admire at the unbelievably detailed Rococo and Baroque masterpiece that covers the entire interior of this building. Though it does not compare in size to other Portuguese cathedrals, the might of this church's ornate interior makes it just as beloved and worthwhile to visit. Arrange your visit to Church of Santa Clara (Igreja de Santa Clara) and discover more family-friendly attractions in Porto using our Porto holiday planner.
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Portugal's second city offers a healthy variety and quantity of accessible accommodations. The historical city center on the northern bank of the River Douro teems with hotel options, ranging from budget-friendly hostels and guesthouses, which often have shared rooms, to upscale, luxury hotels housed in larger buildings and packed with amenities. All of these options place you conveniently close to the town's main sights, including churches, historical squares, and more. On top of that, many hotels on the northern bank boast good views from their hilltop vantage points. If you want to save big on cost, it's worth considering a more low-key hostel or small hotel on the less-popular southern bank.
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  • The Church of Santa Clara was under restoration when I visited. However, the walls are packed with intricate carving, guilded completely in gold. It is well worth the visit!  more »
  • Got taken here on our Tuk-Tuk tour. Absolutely fantastic views overlooking the city and the river Douro from the grounds.  more »
  • We were in Porto in last November and found this church after seeing Sao Francisco church which was almost hidden behind behind Batalha Square. The outlook appeared very simple to us but interior was ...  more »
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  • There's some creepy stuff in here but it's very low access - one part of one room that just lets you look into the distance. It's worth seeing since it's free, but the wall nearby is much better. Btw it's watched over by a very knowledgeable guy who knows all the languages you might need.
  • Interesting (assuming you know what you're looking at; check wikipedia at least). Kind of BDSM-ish, isn't it? After visiting Igreja Santa Clara, at the pateo, don't forget to walk a bit further and visit Muralha Fernandina (old city wall with great views).
  • The secret gateway to visit the muralha fernandina
  • Nice old place
  • The most beautiful church in Porto