Igreja de Santa Clara (St Clara Church), Porto

Igreja de Santa Clara (St Clara Church), Porto

Santa Clara's structure dates back to the 1400s and is an excellent example of Baroque architecture. The building was constructed for the Roman Catholic Church. The interior holds a vast selection of some of the best gilded Baroque woodwork in all of Porto. Originally it housed both a monastery and convent and continued to be used in this fashion until the 19th century.

The entrance of the structure has a large Baroque door which is flanked by Renaissance characteristics, including Solomonic columns with Corinthian capitals. These were added during one of the several renovations which took place over its lifetime. Solomonic columns typically can be described as having a twisted corkscrew shape which cannot be mistaken with other column designs. Corinthian capitals are usually seen embellished with scrolls and acanthus leaves.

The interior of the church is definitely the place a guest to the city who is fascinated with elaborate décor will want to explore. The interior of this facility has elaborate wood carvings throughout it with many of them gilded in real gold. The portico, which was created by famed artist, Miguel Francisco da Silva, is something special to admire.

Tip:
You should expedite your visit as they should close soon (5/2019) for 2 to 3 years of rehabilitation works.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9:30-11:30am / 3-6pm

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Igreja de Santa Clara (St Clara Church) on Map

Sight Name: Igreja de Santa Clara (St Clara Church)
Sight Location: Porto, Portugal (See walking tours in Porto)
Sight Type: Religious
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