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“A hidden treasure just abandoned...”

Church of Santa Clara (Igreja de Santa Clara)
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Ranked #41 of 243 things to do in Porto
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Porto, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A hidden treasure just abandoned...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

This old Clarissa convent church, belonging to one of the most wealthy religious orders settled in the city of Porto back on the 12th century, belongs today to the National Institute of the Patrimony, and it is a truly shame to see how degraded it is because of the lack of maintenance.
From the old convent, only a part exists and is occupied by public services, as the National Guard Headquarters and other institutions. The visit to the convent is not allowed, but we can look inside the beautiful church whose gilded carvings were made with more than 200 kilos of gold, testifying its glorious past!

Visited June 2013
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“It's...it's...all in gold!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

I went there last summer, with my 14 years old child. He always finds this kind of staff sort of boring. But when he entered there, he couldn't believe his eyes, an I heard him whispering: "Mum, It's amazing, it's...it's...all in gold!". It's a pity it is not so well preserved as Igreja de S. Francisco (fantastic, bigger and more well known), because it's absolutely delightfull in itself. I'm always telling all my friens they should go there.

Visited July 2012
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Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“A lovely gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

Religious displays from the period are good and gory - this has lovely ones! The woodwork is really exquisite. Well worth a visit

Visited May 2013
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sintra
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“adding to the chorus of admiration”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

An unparalleled example of the work of the famed medieval Guild of Porto woodcarvers. There are signs that all the interior was once covered in gold-leaf so that it must have been like a glittering vision of Heaven. According to an informant who knows this city, and Portuguese history, inside out, many of the adjoining house interiors were similarly decorated, but of those remaining the carvings have been stripped, defaced or vandalised. Old Porto is a very pretty museum but the soul has long gone out of it and like many other beautiful places it exists now mostly on the fickle tourist trade..

Visited May 2013
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“Unbelievable small church”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

Walking O Porto you might even miss the entrance to Santa Clara. Dont. It is probably one of the most beautiful interiors of all the churches in the city.

Visited May 2013
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