Convento de Santa Clara-a-Velha

sights / Religious

Lonely Planet review

This Gothic convent was founded in 1330 by the saintly Dona Isabel, Dom Dinis’ wife; it served as her final resting place until flooding forced her being moved uphill. The adjacent museum displays archaeological finds and shows two films, one about the nuns who lived here, the other documenting the 20-year renovation that cleared the river ooze that had drowned it since the 17th century.