Monastery Of Santa Clara-a-velhaCurrently Closed
- Address: R. Baixo 57, 3040-266 Santa Clara, Portugal, Coimbra
- Timings: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
- Phone: +351-239801160
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Family And Kids, Monastery
Monastery Of Santa Clara-a-velha - Review
Near the Mondego River, the ruins of this old 13th century monastery, which was abandoned over 300 years ago due to constant flooding, were excavated in the late 20th century. It was founded by Mor Dias, a member of the Order of the Poor Clares, and then had to be refounded by Queen Elizabeth of Portugal in 1314. However, constant annual flooding made it impossible for nuns to manage their life there. The royal tombs were removed from the monastery in 1677. After the mud and water was removed in recent years and a tourist center was added, interest in the ruins has increased.
Much of the attraction’s design seems to be influenced by the Monastery of Alcobaça: pointed barrel vault in the nave; groin vault in the side aisles; and columns of the nave. Also see the South portal which connects to the church to the cloisters. The works of art that used to be at the monastery can now be seen in the Machado de Castro Museum.
Definitely check out the interpretive center, exhibition rooms, and cafe. It also houses some objects recovered from the ruins
Monastery Of Santa Clara-a-velha Information
- Guided tours are available on request. Contact the attraction for details.
Monastery Of Santa Clara-a-velha Ticket Prices
- There is a fee to visit the attraction.
Monastery Of Santa Clara-a-velha Hours
- October to April: Last entrance at 4:30pm.
- May to September: Last entrance at 6:15pm.
How To reach Monastery Of Santa Clara-a-velha by Public Transport
- Walk or drive to here.
- Bus: 6, 14, 14T, 20, 31 stop by close to here.
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Monastery Of Santa Clara-a-velha, Coimbra Reviews
Impressive spiritual place, particularly the church, worth to see. Much better conservation care is needed. 2 Euro entrance fee for the cloister and the church entrance as a small support.
Don't confuse the monastery of "Santa Clara-a-Velha" with the monastery of "Santa Clara-a-Nova". The main one is the oldest. In this monastery you can see just the part of the church (really little) and for its price (2 euros) and the uphill it's not worth to see.
We visited this monastery at the end of our day trip to Coimbra and found it absolutely worth! (However the director of this place should be deeply ashamed: we discovered the ruins while crossing by foot the bridge coming from Coimbra and were interested to visit it, but were completely lost as to where the entrance was. There is absolutely no indication whatsoever to where the entrance is or how you have to walk to it. In the end we discovered it because we persevered and crossed what looked like a private parking to find the entrance. The lady at the info desk confirmed that throughout the day she sees many visitors accross looking for the entrance and giving up. Despite this, the director refuses to put additional arrows or indicators. Duh!) Beautiful to walk around and to take great artistic photos!
Beautiful view. Do not miss the cafe inside the monestary.
The most beautiful church of Coimbra. It is just overwhelming! Do not miss the quiet cloister! Regardless of your religious affiliation, you won't mind if you duck in for a few silent moments.