Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Nova, Coimbra, Portugal



A monastery in Coimbra, Portugal built to replace the mediaeval Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha. The monastery was built in the 17th and 18th centuries. The project of the monastery was entrusted to Father João Turriano, a benedictine monk and royal engineer, who conceived the ensemble in the simple Mannerist style of 17th-century Portugal. Construction works were led by royal architect Mateus do Couto. The church, consecrated in 1696, is of rectangular floorplan, has a single-aisled nave and lacks a transept. The interior is illuminated by a series of (clerestory) windows located on the second storey of the nave.


Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Nova

  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Monasteries

  • Churches

  • Cloisters (Architecture)

  • Architecture

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • 17th century

  • Mannerist (Renaissance-Baroque style)

Place of Creation
  • Coimbra, Centro, Portugal

  • +40.20564-8.41955

  • Coimbra

Departments and Units
Member of
Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Record Visibility Public
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