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Santa Clara Monastery

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Address: Funchal, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 291 742 602
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Oasis in the heat of the day

We Joined a guided tour on its loop round the convent and were still greeted by the guide. She was very informative and encouraged questions. Plenty of historic artefacts. Chapel... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Stone, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We saw this monastery by chance but stopped for a look. Overall, it is an interesting location tied into Maderia's history by relatives of Zarco. Although it is now a school for infants, there is plenty of the old monastery to see. What should have been a very good experience was spoiled by one of the worst guides we have... More 

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Stone, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We Joined a guided tour on its loop round the convent and were still greeted by the guide. She was very informative and encouraged questions. Plenty of historic artefacts. Chapel impressive.

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were privileged to arrive here when a service was taking place. The locals are passionate about their religion and it was an absolute pleasure for us to be part of his. Stunning building.

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Steeped in 15th - 17th century wonderful artefacts & wooden frescos . Still a working monastery & nursery/ primary school

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

This is a must see part of your visit to Funchal, Madiera, Portugal. The place reeks with history and culture and in ancient times the monks produced extremely good sherry for medicinal use of course!

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

A steep walk up the hill to the left of the little church brings you past a museum to the wooden gates with the bell pull to gain entry. A kindergarten operates on the site. Well worth the walk if you have an interest in the buildings and decoration, some of it from the sixteenth century, and the workings of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

You have to ring the bell to gain entry to the Monastery and at €2 each a bargain. Nice guide takes you on the tour of the monastery giving detailed information and time to take photos. If you into this you will enjoy it and even if your no I guarantee you will find it intriguing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

What can you get for two euros these days and with a guide to boot. The guide was very helpful in giving all the information about the life of the nuns here. They have some fabulous antiquities.which are just behind wooden doors. It was amazing to see them when she opened the doors, quite unexpected. It is a good place... More 

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Auchtermuchty, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Ring the bell and enter for an escorted visit around this little gem of a monastry. Many pieces of fine art can be seen in these buildings. Also you get a glimpse of how life in the monastry was a few hundred years ago.

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Munich, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Beautiful monastery with wonderful pieces of religious art. You can't walk around on your own, but there is always someone to guide you.

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