Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha

Classify as a National Monument, since June 16th of 1910, the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha is placed on the left side of river Mondego in Coimbra.

The more important factor for the construction of the Monastery on this place was the proximity to the river. However this proximity marked the history of the Monastery from the beginning to the present day. If, on the one hand, the presence of water was an asset to the monastic community and to the day-to-day life in the Royal Palace (built near the Mondego river), on the other hand, the cyclical floods of the Mondego, made life unbearable inside the walls, forcing to abandon definitive in 1677 and to the change for the new convent (Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Nova) in Monte Esperança. The last floods occured in January and February of 2016.

During the project of monument's recovery and valorisation, from 90's of the 20th Century, were detected gothic architectural structures in good condition that required an archaeological campaign to unveil a vast, varied and rich assets.


Adress: Rua das Parreiras, 3040-266 Coimbra, Portugal

Phone Number: (+351) 239 801 160



From April 1st to October 14th: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 7pm

From October 15th to March 31st: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm

Closes: Monday, January 1st, Easter Sunday, May 1st and December 25th  


People with reduced mobility: total accessibility in the interpretative center; conditioned accessibility in the church of the Monastery and archaeological ruin.

Parking vehicles: Available at the entrance of the Monastery.

Bus parking: Available in the inmediate vicinity (about 100 meters)


Buses: Line 6, 14, 38, 41 Stops: Dom Duarte School and Portugal dos Pequenitos

Sightseeing Tours | Yellow Bus Funtastic Coimbra

Bus schedules and information: SMTUC - Serviços Municipalizados de Transportes Urbanos de Coimbra

Train: station Coimbra A

Train schedules and information: CP - Comboios de Portugal

GPS N 40º12'03'' W 08º25'53''