Monastery Of Santa Clara-a-velha48 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: R. Baixo 57, 3040-266 Santa Clara, Portugal, Coimbra
- Timings: 10:00 am - 07:00 pm Details
- Phone: +351-239801160
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Family And Kids, Monastery
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 Travel Tips
- Guided tours are available on request. Contact the attraction for details.
Entrance Ticket Details For Monastery Of Santa Clara-a-velha
- 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
- 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 Reviews & Ratings
Make sure to get a taxi up there. It's quite a steep walk but worth it. Has a really good view of the center of coimbra
Amazing cathedral. The church was beautiful and the gardens were amazing. Work we could have seen them in the spring
Mystery ruins. You can check the hidden rooms and climb the upper choir.
Interesting to visit. These are the cloisters of the "new" Santa Clara. The old Santa Clara is also worth a visit.
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.