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Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Nova

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Address: Calcada de Santa Isabel | Alto de Sta. Clara, Coimbra 3040-270, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 239 441 674
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09:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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After the canonization of Saint Isabel in 1625, the Monastery of Santa...

After the canonization of Saint Isabel in 1625, the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Nova was started to be built, by order of king João IV, in 1649 on the left bank of the River Mondego, intended to provide shelter to the Clarissa nuns of the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha, following the plans drawn up by the chief Royal engineer and Professor at the University of Coimbra, Friar João Torriano. In 1677, in a great procession from the former Monastery, Queen Santa Isabel's remains were moved and placed in a silver tomb in the high altar. The church was designed by the architect, Mateus do Couto. In the large apse at the top of the church, there is a polychrome statue of Saint Isabel, by Teixeira Lopes (19th-century). The baroque gilded woodwork should also be noted, together with 18th-century paintings that allude to the lives of franciscain saints. The fine original Gothic tomb of the Holy Queen is exposed in the choir, together with the carved woodwork altar pieces from Santa Clara a Velha, and mannerist paintings. Next to the church and the choir, the second largest cloister of Portugal is worth a visit.

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Check Portugal History on this: it was built as an option to teh Old Maonastery Santa Clara a Velha, enar Quinta das Lagrimas and Portugal dos pequenitos. The old Monastery was... read more

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Alverca do Ribatejo, Portugal

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Alverca do Ribatejo, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Check Portugal History on this: it was built as an option to teh Old Maonastery Santa Clara a Velha, enar Quinta das Lagrimas and Portugal dos pequenitos. The old Monastery was constantly flooded by Mondego River, so this one was built. Directly connecetd with the Portuguese Queen Isabel de Aragão (Saint Isabel of Portugal) spouse of our King. D. Dinis.... More 

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Zaragoza, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Outside and the entrance not good to see,but when enter the chapel,it's painting on the wall and the main altar with the tomb of Saint Elizabeth of Portugal is amazing...

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Durban, South Africa
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

While in Coimbra we thought we would visit this monastery so we walked up from our hotel. From the outside it looked quite nice so we proceeded in to the ticket office/shop. We paid 6.80 euros and then were asked to pay an additional 10 euros for a guide. We were told to enter the main church where the guide... More 

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Delray Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

Located high up a steep street leading away from the Rio Mondego, this massive monastery doesn't look like much from the outside. Peeling paint and the attached building (once part of the monastery) has many broken/missing windows giving the place a feeling of neglect/abandonment. Inside, there is a small reception area and gift shop. I purchased a ticket to visit... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2015

We arrived in Coinbra late on a Sunday afternoon and wanted something to pass the late afternoon before dinner. It was quite a long steep walk up the hill but the views across the city were glorious. The chapel and cloisters are cheap to enter and lovely to look around, there is not much to see, but if you appreciate... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2015

Up a very steep hill across the river, passing the first convent that was abandoned due to flooding. The facilityis very interesting if you take tour. We paid 10 for 2 people including 10 total for the tour for however many people you have. It was very interesting for a religious or non religious person to understand their adulation for... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2015

Wonderful visit. Altar and the tomb of santa isabel. The old tomg af the same saint and other ancient sculptures to be visited, breathtaking cloisters. Not to miss

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

The Santa Clara Monastery was covered in sacking and scaffolding as there are huge renovations going on. Disappointing but understandable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

A very small site but extremely interesting history for the area. Be sure to take the tour and climb the bell tower for the best view of Coimbra.

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Madeira, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

Author Victor Paul Scerri and my interview with the sister of Santa Clara In awe toured into no less than paradise unfolding 16 century history and exploring and gardens of pure bliss. Nothing can prepare one for the magic this place has to offer. Shared with passion http://www.nicewriters.com

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