Museu de Aveiro
Oficina do Doce
Part living museum, part cooking school, Oficina do Doce aims to introduce visitors to Aveiro’s proudest culinary tradition – ovos...
Near the turismo, this is one of several canalside operators offering 45-minute trips on traditional seaweed-collecting boats...
Celebrating 125 years at the heart of Aveiro’s cultural scene, this recently renovated historic theatre regularly hosts dance, music and...
Av Santa Joana · interesting places nearby
Museu de Aveiro information
This fine, if somewhat single-minded, museum in the former Mosteiro de Jesus opposite the Catedral de São Domingos owes its finest treasures to Princesa (later canonised) Joana, daughter of Afonso V. In 1472, 11 years after the convent was founded, Joana ‘retired’ here and, though forbidden to take full vows, she stayed until her death in 1490.
Her tomb, a 17th-century masterpiece of marble mosaic, takes centre stage in an equally lavish room (actually the remodelled choir stalls). The adjacent chapel is decorated with azulejos depicting Princesa Joana’s life. The museum’s paintings include a late-15th-century portrait of her, attributed to Nuno Gonçalves.