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Santa Clara Monastery

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Address: Funchal, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Phone Number:
+351 291 742 602
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Nice architecture

Very nice architecture, if you are in Funchal then you should give this place a visit, doesn't take long to look around.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Matthew C
Llanelli, United Kingdom
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Llanelli, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice architecture, if you are in Funchal then you should give this place a visit, doesn't take long to look around.

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Bern, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

an nice monastary with a very pretty garden and some interesting treasures (e. g. old wooden altar). Worth a visit!

Thank Gabriele M
Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great guide who spent time showing us around and explained all the history of the monastery and the nuns, who live here. Lots of old tiles, alters and areas of prayer. Some very elaborate and some plain. These days some of the area is used for a children's play/ nursery and lovely to hear the children.

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Accrington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are lots of monasteries cathederials and churches to visit but if you do not go to any of the others try to visit this one....It is a gem

Thank pbrankin2017
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our visit was hilarious. The whole place seemed utterly disorganised as you can seemingly drop into or out of guided tours on a whim. And the guide explained everything in English, French and German, while not being truly convincing in any of them. But after hearing all three you did get the gist of what was going on. Having said... More 

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Wells, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Ring on the door bell set in the high walls of this convent and the gate opens to a courtyard. The tour costs 2 euros, and is a bargain for a look round this marvellous building, full of history. It also houses a bustling kindergarten, so still in active use. Wonderful.

Thank AnnieBooboos
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

The entrance cost 2€ per person. For this you are given a 30 minute guided tour which is a bit like a "hop on hop off" tour as you join it wherever it is when you arrive - so no waiting. The buildings are absolutely fascinating.

Thank Chris E
Louth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

The convent dates from about late 16th century. There were over 100 nuns including a mother superior, but now there are less than 20. Two of Zarco's nieces were the first novices to join the convent. Zarco's rather primitive commemorative stone is in the convent. The more elaborate grave stone is that of his son in law. You can have... More 

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Namur, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

A bit off the beaten tourist trail, we arrived in time to join a guided tour. The guide was very quirky and was as interesting as she was informative. The Convent is fascinating, lots of nooks and crannies. It's very much an active community , the kindergarten children was celebrating Epiphany wearing the crowns they had made when we were... More 

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Walsall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

The tours are 10-12 noon and 3-5 pm six days a week except Sundays and Feast Days. Santa Clara area is well worth a visit and the monastery is rich in history and interest. No visit would be complete though without a trip to the best tearooms ever: Petit Plaisirs - just across the road.

Thank Derek L

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