Old Monestary of Santa Clara, Coimbra

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Inundated and hidden by centuries of floods, Old Monestary of Santa Clara now stands as a preserved example of Gothic religious architecture. Constructed during the 1300s, the building succumbed to constant flooding of the Mondego River by the 17th century. Visit the abandoned monastery, which was excavated during the latter half of the 20th century, and you'll be greeted with a near-complete complex restored to viewable condition. Wander through the church on the raised platforms within, and you'll see naves, cloisters, chapels, and courtyards--giving you an idea of how the building appeared when the waters finally swallowed it. Stop by the visitor center for more background information on the founding, construction, and history of the convent, as well as a display of artifacts found at the site. Old Monestary of Santa Clara is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , custom trip planner Edition.
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  • This monastery is connected to the Se, but requires an entrance fee. The architecture and decorations are old, classic and lovely. 
    This monastery is connected to the Se, but requires an entrance fee. The architecture and decorations are old, classic and lovely.  more »
  • To visit the monastery, you can leave your car in a guarded car park, who is located just after the bridge of Santa Clara and walk about 10 minutes to the monastery, which unfortunately cannot be... 
    To visit the monastery, you can leave your car in a guarded car park, who is located just after the bridge of Santa Clara and walk about 10 minutes to the monastery, which unfortunately cannot be...  more »
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  • When i went there it was closed, but i saw from outside, looks nice
  • As of 18th November the Monastery (and even the grounds next to it) are still closed. This is of course understandable since it is a research site. What remains for visitors is an interesting 15 minute video (with English subtitles), but the archaeological displays, which is the only other main thing there, does not have English translations.

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