Monastery Of Santa Clara-a-velha

Currently Open [Closes at 07:00 pm]
  • 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 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 Address: R. Baixo 57, 3040-266 Santa Clara, Portugal, Coimbra
  • Monastery Of Santa Clara-a-velha Contact Number: +351-239801160
  • Monastery Of Santa Clara-a-velha Timing: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm
  • Monastery Of Santa Clara-a-velha Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Monastery Of Santa Clara-a-velha(preferred time): 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Monastery Of Santa Clara-a-velha: 01:00 Hrs
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  • 50.43% of people start their Monastery Of Santa Clara-a-velha visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

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Monastery Of Santa Clara-a-velha, Coimbra Reviews

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  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Sacrad place really special.

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