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Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Nova

Calcada de Santa Isabel | Alto de Sta. Clara, Coimbra 3040-270, Portugal
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In this church the incorrupt body of Saint Isabel, Queen of Portugal, patron of Coimbra and wife of D. Dinis, the founder of the Portuguese University, rests in a silver tomb. The cloister of this monastery is the largest cloister of Portugal with an arcade and gallery. After the canonization of Saint Isabel in 1625, the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Nova was started to be built in 1649 on the left bank of the River Mondego, intended to provide shelter to the Clarissa nuns of the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha. In 1677, in a great procession from the former Monastery, Queen Santa Isabel’s remains were moved and placed in a silver casket in the high altar. The church was completed by 1696. A beautiful statue of Saint Isabel, that is carried in procession during the great festivities, stands at the top of the church. The baroque gilded woodwork, the paintings, the magnificent gothic stone tomb of the Holy Queen and the row of 76 chairs, among other art works are certainly worth a visit.
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Calcada de Santa Isabel | Alto de Sta. Clara, Coimbra 3040-270, Portugal
+351 239 441 674

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Reviewed 5 days ago

An absolute masterpiece in Coimbra; it is one of the many sights in Coimbra worth leaving the heart of the city to see. From the outside this doesn't look like very much, apart from the amazing views of Coimbra, but from the inside it is...More

Thank Marc V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good experience of time travel. the museum is great, with nice interactive resources. Very well preserved. At the end, one can eat delicious conventual pastry.

Thank mafvalente
Reviewed 27 June 2017

This was a major surprise as we were wandering the river and came across the Old Santa Clara convent and on a whim decided to go in for a look. The video/film shown was very informative and set the scene for an amazing story of...More

Thank Bergman J
Reviewed 15 May 2017

The church is located on the hill on the other river’s bank. It’s worth a detour for the panoramic view (for free); you should also enter the church (two euros per person) to admire the Saint Isabel’s silver tomb. Enjoy!

Thank Vitor A
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Spend some time and see the patron saint of Portugal. Her remains are in the silver encasement in the church here. The surrounding grounds are beautiful. Lots of space to sit down and relax. Go to the cloister to walk around the courtyard. It's beautiful...More

Thank mrportland
Reviewed 2 November 2016

Check Portugal History on this: it was built as an option to teh Old Maonastery Santa Clara a Velha, enar Quinta das Lagrimas and Portugal dos pequenitos. The old Monastery was constantly flooded by Mondego River, so this one was built. Directly connecetd with the...More

Thank filomenaazevedo
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Outside and the entrance not good to see,but when enter the chapel,it's painting on the wall and the main altar with the tomb of Saint Elizabeth of Portugal is amazing...

Thank robin_2002uk
Reviewed 5 August 2016

While in Coimbra we thought we would visit this monastery so we walked up from our hotel. From the outside it looked quite nice so we proceeded in to the ticket office/shop. We paid 6.80 euros and then were asked to pay an additional 10...More

Reviewed 23 July 2016

Located high up a steep street leading away from the Rio Mondego, this massive monastery doesn't look like much from the outside. Peeling paint and the attached building (once part of the monastery) has many broken/missing windows giving the place a feeling of neglect/abandonment. Inside,...More

Thank backpacker31
Reviewed 5 July 2015

We arrived in Coinbra late on a Sunday afternoon and wanted something to pass the late afternoon before dinner. It was quite a long steep walk up the hill but the views across the city were glorious. The chapel and cloisters are cheap to enter...More

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