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Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha

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Address: Rua das Parreiras, Coimbra 3040-266, Portugal
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Interesting place to visit with good restaurant

Good exhibition and film explaining the history. There is a small restaurant here which is very good and excellent value.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 January 2017
Susi L

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

Good exhibition and film explaining the history. There is a small restaurant here which is very good and excellent value.

Thank Susi L
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Full with history I recommend that you see the documentary ( movie) before you visit the ruin. Queen Isabel and Ines de Castro lived on this monastery

1 Thank SobadaS
Coimbra, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

One of the places in Coimbra which is definitely worth to see. The conservation of the historical items is properly done, and the initial part of the Museum Visit, with the projection of a film really gives you an idea and how living was back then.

Thank MarcioMatos
Alverca do Ribatejo, Portugal
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Another monument very much connected with Portugal History: building started in 1238 dedicated to Saint Claire and St. Isabel from Hungary. On the left bank of Mondego River, was constantly flooded by the river.. It had a a Consecrated Church, an hospital welcoming 30 poor people, a Manor House (where Queen Isabel resided as a dowager) and its own cemetery.... More 

Thank filomenaazevedo
Burnaby, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

1) open from 10 - 5 in the winter and 10 - 7 in the summer from Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Monday. 2) arrive in time for the 15 minute film that only is shown on the 1/2 hours; e.g. 10:30 3) we spent about 75 minutes in total to view everything and walk the grounds 4) the free Coimbra... More 

1 Thank Derek W
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

The church is remarkable for the blue and white tiled Stations of the Cross along the walls and the lovely ceiling. There is a coffee shop next door where you can look out over the square that looks to have once been part of the church.

Thank Chris L
Coimbra, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Situated near the banks of the River Mondego Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha is a good place to visit on a sunny day, The staff are attentive, helpful and speak English. The grounds are beautifully maintained and the ruins offer a pleasant exploration. Recommended.

1 Thank martyncymro
Vincennes, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

The visit to the monastery began with a film where it was explained the history from the founding to the present, followed to the museum where several artifacts can be admired. The most beautiful was the visit to the monastery with its middle age arches and big windows. The monastery was recovered from Mondego's water and both floors and garden... More 

1 Thank SofiaBaptista
Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

This convent was founded in the 13th century, and then again by Queen Elisabeth in the 14th century. Once a magnificent ensemble, with a large church and two cloisters, it suffered constant damage from the waters of the river Mondego, and now all that is left is a ruin of the church and an archaeological site where part of the... More 

Thank Pedro F
ontario, canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

An old monastery or convent, built centuries ago and then completely abandoned (and partially underwater) between the 1880s and early 2000s. This site can be incorporated into a nice walk from the downtown centre of Coimbra, with good access from the main bridge. The entrance takes a bit of work to find and could be better identified: just keep an... More 

2 Thank Ben B

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