Church of Santa Clara (Igreja de Santa Clara), Porto

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At the hidden, 15th-century Church of Santa Clara (Igreja de Santa Clara), view some of Portugal's most impressive and beautiful woodwork and gilding. Just minutes from Batalha Square, discover the small church tucked away from mainstream tourism. The church's exterior is relatively simply designed, but the structure's interior was transformed in the 17th century into an intricate work of art. Walk inside and admire at the unbelievably detailed Rococo and Baroque masterpiece that covers the entire interior of this building. Though it does not compare in size to other Portuguese cathedrals, the might of this church's ornate interior makes it just as beloved and worthwhile to visit. Use our Porto trip itinerary maker site to arrange your visit to Church of Santa Clara (Igreja de Santa Clara) and other attractions in Porto.
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  • The Church of Santa Clara in Porto belonged to the old monastery of the same name, founded by D. João I in 1416, the church was completed in 1457. And modified in the 17TH and 18TH centuries.
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  • In the Church of St. Clara we headed purposefully, having read reviews about the beauty of its interior. It's not regretted. Finding a church is not easy, it is at a standstill behind the Central police station. But we found. The Church of St. Clara is part of the ancient monastery of the same name, the construction of which began in the early 15th century. Many call this church the most beautiful in the city-its façade connects the elements of the Renaissance and Manulino, and the great secret of Porto. Its interior is magnificent, the decoration of the Church of St. Clara took 470 kilograms of gold. And this golden woodcarving has survived so far! Keep in mind that what glitters-already restored elements of carving, but dim shiny elements of furnish and there are genuine. Photos in the church are not allowed, managed only stealthily. There is also a patio in which the convent is located, but we were not allowed to go there.
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  • We were lucky that the church was (still) open and got a very nice explanation also. Church is amazing with lots of details. Next few years the interiour will be renovated so not always be open for the public. Its a bit hidden but worth a look for sure.
  • So far, one of the best churches I’ve seen. We were there in June 2018, and managed to get in only because we were with a guided tour. They mentioned back then that it was going to be completely closed for about 2 years restoration. Indeed, it smelled a lot of dust there and gold turned green that needed to be taken care of. But even with that, Its impressive and I would recommend to visit it when open again. (P.S. pictures were not allowed to be taken inside)
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