Monastery of Santa Clara a Velha

Monastery of Santa Clara a Velha

The Santa Clara a Velha monestery is a Gothic building located on the left banks of the Montego River, in the center of Coimbra. The monastery was built in the 14th century but in the 16th century was abandoned due to flooding. The forgotten monastery got attention over 300 years later. The building passed through the hands of many talented artists and masons, and today is open to the public. The original monastery was founded by Mor Dias and Domingos Domingues was employed as the primary architect. Construction was continued by Estavao Domingues, architect of the Lisbon Cathedral. You can see the ruins of the building via tours which are provided through the visitor center. There you can find more information about the history, architecture and the on-going projects of the building.

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