Convento de Santa Clara-a-Nova
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Convento de Santa Clara-a-Nova information
Lonely Planet review
Begun on higher ground in the 17th century to replace its flooded twin, this convent is devoted almost entirely to the saintly Queen Isabel’s memory. Aisle panels tell her life story, while her solid-silver casket is enshrined above the altar, and even her clothes hang in the sacristy. Her statue is the focus of the Festa da Rainha Santa. At the time of research it was closed for emergency stabilisation works.