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, Coimbra Edition.
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  • I highly recommend it! The museum tells the whole history of the monastery and also tells how it has come to this day. When we entered there, involved in that atmosphere and charm we lived a journey back a few centuries in time. And yes, this is where D. Inês was murdered.
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  • It's the most beautiful thing about Coimbra. For 4o you can visit a small museum of medieval art and then visit the convent. It is in ruins but is very well preserved for flooding. It's a very good experience!!!
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  • This remount to my teenager times when the monastery was always under water because of the floods. Nowadays a very organized museum with explanations very clear divided in various sections and precious pieces of pottery that the aristocratic ladies used to offer when entering to become nuns. Everything was rebuilt and one can see the stones which were part of the architecture. Watching the video in the museum gives us the perspective of the evolution of the monument. A must see!
  • This was my first archaeological site visit so it was quite exciting. I am quite lucky to visit now that the monastery's lower floor is no longer submerged in water. For those with a fear of heights, it can be a bit daunting but I braved on and walked about the top platform to take a look at the remains of the yard. There was a room that you are supposed to go into once you are outside heading to the site after the museum but that was locked.
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