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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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Quirky tour

Ring on the door bell set in the high walls of this convent and the gate opens to a courtyard. The tour costs 2 euros, and is a bargain for a look round this marvellous building... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Wells, Nevada
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Wells, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Ring on the door bell set in the high walls of this convent and the gate opens to a courtyard. The tour costs 2 euros, and is a bargain for a look round this marvellous building, full of history. It also houses a bustling kindergarten, so still in active use. Wonderful.

Thank AnnieBooboos
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The entrance cost 2€ per person. For this you are given a 30 minute guided tour which is a bit like a "hop on hop off" tour as you join it wherever it is when you arrive - so no waiting. The buildings are absolutely fascinating.

Thank Chris E
Louth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The convent dates from about late 16th century. There were over 100 nuns including a mother superior, but now there are less than 20. Two of Zarco's nieces were the first novices to join the convent. Zarco's rather primitive commemorative stone is in the convent. The more elaborate grave stone is that of his son in law. You can have... More 

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Namur, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A bit off the beaten tourist trail, we arrived in time to join a guided tour. The guide was very quirky and was as interesting as she was informative. The Convent is fascinating, lots of nooks and crannies. It's very much an active community , the kindergarten children was celebrating Epiphany wearing the crowns they had made when we were... More 

Thank Timdenamur
Walsall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tours are 10-12 noon and 3-5 pm six days a week except Sundays and Feast Days. Santa Clara area is well worth a visit and the monastery is rich in history and interest. No visit would be complete though without a trip to the best tearooms ever: Petit Plaisirs - just across the road.

Thank Derek L
Lahti, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Santa Clara is a hidden treasure of beautiful and extraordinary items from the past 500 years. The quite atmosphere, tranquility and beauty surrounding you. There were no other visitors at the time and thus we had a very special experience with the friendly lady guiding there.

Thank HanneleH
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 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 12 November 2016

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.

Thank peter g
Carlisle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

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.

Thank BBaby2014
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

Thank cheryl19591990

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