Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha

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Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha

Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha
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hans-jaguar
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal18,948 contributions
Sep 2021
To visit the monastery, you can leave your car in a guarded car park, who is located just after the bridge of Santa Clara and walk about 10 minutes to the monastery, which unfortunately cannot be visited due to works and for an indefinite period of time!
What you can see is an exhibition and a 15-minute film, the monastery itself is just to be seen from the outside, from the street.
The Santa Clara Monastery was built in 1314 by D. Isabel de Aragon, the Holy Queen, replacing a small convent of Clarissa nuns founded in 1286. The temple was completed in 1330. At the end of the 20th century, extensive restoration work was carried out, which uncovered the structures and a vast and diversified estate. Once again open to visits, the Monastery offers a leisure area in a wide open-air route that includes the church and the restored archaeological structures. In the Interpretative Centre, in addition to the exhibition of the objects found here, structured according to the monastic experience, audiovisual means are used to present the history of the place and its requalification.
Written September 20, 2021
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Colincarlos
Aveiro, Portugal210 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Very helpful staff and beautiful building. The church has so much history. The views from the grounds are stunning. Well worth the walk up the hill.
Written July 30, 2021
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,289 contributions
Jun 2021
4 eur entrance fee.
In June is still closed to the public. We visited on the outside and is still worth it.
Written July 10, 2021
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Miguel F
Porto, Portugal18 contributions
Apr 2019
Although the site was almost completely destroyed with the consecutive floods over a period of 150 years, it has been restored through the past few years. Of the former monastery only the foundations remain but the church is reasonably restored.
It is for me a favourite due to the oddity in its configuration. Although it's called a monastery, it was in fact a convent and presents the main lateral entrance as it should. The rest of the building is different and surprising. The fact that some floors are missing left the rib vaults completey exposed adding to the experience of visiting a building that dates from the XIV century and was almost completely destroyed up to a few decades ago.
Written December 30, 2019
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john8tea
Fukuoka, Japan105 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
We stumbled on the ruined Convent of Santa Clara-a-Velha late on our first afternoon in Coimbra, after walking along the Mondego river and visiting the gardens of the Quinta das Lágrimas. This 13th-century convent was strongly associated with Portugal's saintly queen, Santa Isabel, and was an important pilgrimage site during the medieval period and beyond, until it had to be abandoned in 1677 due to the river's constantly rising floodwaters. After painstaking archeological and restoration work, the ruins can now be visited. You first make your way through the small museum/information centre, with many interesting artifacts and a great deal of information (unfortunately, the explanatory notes are only in Portuguese at the moment, but if you persevere you can understand enough to get the gist). There is an absorbing documentary video shown in the auditorium and if you can catch one with English subtitles (ours was at 5.30pm) it is well worth watching, as it sets everything in a richer historical context. Then you make your way out into the ruins of the convent church and cloisters, where the explanatory notices, though few in number, are in both Portuguese and English. It is a quiet, contemplative and evocative sacred space.
Written May 26, 2019
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permia
Ireland37,327 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
It is marvellously evocative and atmospheric. Built many centuries ago, unfortunately it was located on the river's floodplain so suffered from regular flooding.

Eventually abandoned and its replacement was designed on much higher ground. What remains is captivating. It was great walking around the nave in ruins and looking through open windows.

Columns and vaulted ceilings that are still extant are most impressive.
Written May 24, 2019
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Jezz C
Hethersett, UK2,738 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
We were on our way to the top of the hill to look at the new Monastery and just viewed it without entering which i dont think you need to do. Its beautiful and commisioned by Queen Elizabeth in 1314 to house some Nuns. Due to the amount of floods from the river Mandego it was finally abandoned in 1677. You can see the problem yourself as the bottom steps are below the river level. You also get some nice views back across the river towards Coimbra
Written April 24, 2019
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WvV
Bellville, South Africa14 contributions
Jan 2019 • Couples
The whole museum complex is well laid out and worth the visit. There is an introductory video that plays in the auditorium with English subtitles that gives a good overview and an exhibition of archeological artifacts related to the monastery. An english booklet is given to explain the pieces of the exhibition, but the numbers given in the booklet don't seem to be present next to the pieces, so at times it took some figuring out to know which aspect we were reading about. The ruins itself are interesting with good walkways around it.
Written January 5, 2019
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isabellekane2000
New York City, NY220 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
This is a very elegant and artistic chapel. The sculptures and paintings are unique and extremely beautiful. You absolutely have to see it!
Written December 27, 2018
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maryofmassachusetts
Plymouth, MA619 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
Somewhat confusing entrance. To get to the church you must enter through the museum and use the walk-ways. We were not the only ones lost. Fascinating structure that remains.
Written November 6, 2018
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