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Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Nova

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From here you have an amazing view over the city of Coimbra. In this church the incorrupt body of Saint Isabel, Queen of Portugal, patron of Coimbra and wife of D. Dinis, the founder of the Portuguese University, rests in a silver tomb. Its cloister...more
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Calcada de Santa Isabel | Alto de Sta. Clara, Coimbra 3040-270, Portugal
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The building doesn't look much from the outside, but is absolutely stunning once you step inside. We don't usually like to pay to look around but as this was only €3 we paid up. And so glad we did. Every room is beautiful and the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Colleen M
Reviewed October 27, 2018

Monasterio de Santa Clara Coimbra, Portugal 2 Saints...2 Monasteries! Santa Clara and Santa Isabel meet here, in history, on this great Monasteries, let's find out how was and why was this encounter: Coimbra, located in the very heart of Portugal wasn't included in the original...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

A must visit monastery. Friendly staff, great monument, a lot of history and a great view of the city!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Antoniodiaspaiva
Reviewed September 7, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful monastery in an historic location. It only costs a Euro to visit and it’s worth it to see the ornate work everywhere.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank JMBFDublin
Reviewed July 14, 2018

Interior of the church is based around the cult of Saint Isabela very bling. Be sure to visit the large, tranquil cloisters - cool and very peaceful, absolutely no traffic noise fro m the city below

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank LiliGo92
Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

Wonderful monastery without the touristy feel to it. Arrived on the day of the 500th anniversary of the canonization of queen Isabella to sainthood. Place is steeped in history. Hilly area but free parking. Admission required, but feel was very authentic. Kids-comment, courtyard was awesome...it...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed March 20, 2018

The Monastery is located on the hill on the left river’s bank and it's well worth the uphill walk. you should enter the church to admire Saint Isabel’s silver tomb. The the church has magnificent golden altars all around. It's a most beautiful space to...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Jelle v
Reviewed November 12, 2017

An absolute masterpiece in Coimbra; it is one of the many sights in Coimbra worth leaving the heart of the city to see. From the outside this doesn't look like very much, apart from the amazing views of Coimbra, but from the inside it is...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Marc V
Reviewed October 19, 2017

Good experience of time travel. the museum is great, with nice interactive resources. Very well preserved. At the end, one can eat delicious conventual pastry.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank mafvalente
Reviewed June 27, 2017

This was a major surprise as we were wandering the river and came across the Old Santa Clara convent and on a whim decided to go in for a look. The video/film shown was very informative and set the scene for an amazing story of...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Bergman J
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