Museu de Aveiro/Santa Joana
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Avenida Santa Joana · interesting places nearby
Museu de Aveiro/Santa Joana information
This fine museum in a beautiful space, the former Mosteiro de Jesus, owes its finest treasures to Princesa Joana (later canonised), 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.
The extraordinary painting collection spans the 10th to 15th centuries. Her tomb, a 17th-century masterpiece of inlaid marble mosaic, takes centre stage in an equally lavish room (the remodelled lower choir stalls). The adjacent gold-leafed 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.