Monastery of  Saint Clair-the-Old

Founded by D. Mor Dias in 1283, it was extinguished in 1311 after a violent dispute between this religious and the Crúzios (Monks of Santa Cruz). In 1314, Queen Saint Elizabeth rediscovered the Monastery of Saint Clare-a-Velha after the death of D. Dinis gathered in this Monastery and was buried here after his death.

 The tomb in which it was originally buried can be seen in the Monastery of Saint Clare-a-Nova.


Architecturally the highlight goes to the cloister and church by its dimension, and to the vault in stone covering the three symmetrical naves.

Due to the floods of the River Mondego was eventually abandoned and went into ruin.


In the 20th century. XX after excavations and deep works of recovery, the Monastery can be visited, also counting with an interpretative Center, where are exposed objects found during the excavations and that are structured according to monastic experience, the history of the site and their requalification are presented using audiovisual means.