Monastery Of Santa Clara-a-velha, Coimbra

Monastery Of Santa Clara-a-velha, Coimbra - Address, Phone Number

Address: R. Parreiras, 3040-266 Coimbra, Portugal.

Phone: +351-239801160

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Time Required: 01:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

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About Monastery Of Santa Clara-a-velha, Coimbra

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 Opening and Closing 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 - Write a Review

  • Some cool ruins of an old Monastery, if you are in the area and have some time to kill its fine. But there are other things in the area that I would do before I visit this monastery.

  • Beautiful place indeed, both the cloister ruins as the abbey itself. Interesting museum as well. Must see for any one interested in history. Cheap tickets too

  • You will be fascinated by the old monestry building and its history regarding the river and consistent flood. Don't miss the museum filled with rich items found at the ruins.

  • The place is just gorgeous. It was unfortunately built in a flooded zone and was abandoned by the nuns after a few centuries. Grandiose architecture, go tour it, watch the movie.

  • Not amazing but still OK to visit if you find yourself on that side of the river. To find the entrance go all the way around the complex.

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