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Funchal, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
+351 291 742 602
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All reviews ring the bell guided tour nursery school hill climb shown round step back in time tiled walls interesting place to visit fascinating history guide book several languages worth the climb worth a visit open to the public small group knowledgeable guide worth the effort
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Reviewed February 25, 2018 via mobile

Open Mon to Sat 10 - 12. Then 3 - 5. We took a taxi and he dropped us off at the museum just a little higher up the hill. But we could see the church tower on the next corner so we walked down....More

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Reviewed February 19, 2018 via mobile

Wow what a monastery! It felt like going back into time! Our guide was so enthousiast she mesmerized the entire group! It is really the place to go and you only pay €2,- p/p.

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Reviewed February 19, 2018 via mobile

Monastery from 15th century. Nice guided tour in english, not too slow. Beautiful altars, chambers for nuns and novises, inner garden, tiles and paintings, church. Tomb of Zarco and his family.

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Reviewed February 18, 2018 via mobile

We booked a guided tour with the History Tellers. The tour started at La Vie shopping centre and we walked the short distance to the monastery. On the way our guide, Carlos, pointed out various buildings of historic interest and provided lots of information about...More

Thank evie62
Reviewed January 31, 2018

Fascinating history of life in an era long forgotten. So few nuns to run the school now in comparison to the 171 that once resided here. You can feel the spirit of the novices and their sweet voices from where they sang and chanted, away...More

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Reviewed January 22, 2018

It's quite a trek uphill but the gardens are well kept and it's very peaceful. Different species of orchids are grown there. Lovely tea room just opposite in University building.

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Reviewed January 19, 2018

We couldn't believe they only charge you 2 euros to look round here. It's incredibly old and there's a lot to see. I don't think any modernisation has taken place for 300 years, and the place seems to be all huge doors. We had a...More

Thank Jean R
Reviewed January 3, 2018

came across this by mistake, and wow it wasnt a mistake, one of the highlights of our break. Its an oasis of peace and calm in a busy place. Its a fascinating tour, takes about half an hour and costs about 5 euros. You get...More

Thank Holly021
Reviewed December 27, 2017

We took the guided tour of this Monastery and it was really interesting and the size of the place is astounding

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Reviewed November 25, 2017

My wife read about this place in a guide book so we went for the afternoon tour (check opening times). We were shown round with a small group by a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. She explained the history of the building and how it...More

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Celia732
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Hello, following the website visitmadeira/convento de santa clara it seems to be open on Saturday. But watch out for lunchtime closing. To be sure you can call there directly (+351 291 742 602) Have a nice time on... More
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