Fodor's Expert Review Convento de Santa Clara-a-Velha
Restorers have been excavating the interior of this ruined Gothic church, which had been immersed by mud and silt for centuries, since 2000. Founded as a Poor Clair convent in the early 14th century by Queen Isabel, widow of King Dinis and patron saint of Coimbra, the building was beset by periodic flooding and was finally abandoned in 1677. Both the queen and Inês de Castro were originally interred here. Today the well-preserved convent can be visited together with the original chapter house, the refectory, and a cloister. A small museum provides audiovisual information about the convent's history. There is also a café and gift shop on-site.