Convento de Santa Clara (Guimarães)
Convent in Guimarães
The former Convent of St. Clare (“Convento de Santa Clara de Guimarães”, in the Portuguese language), built back in 1548 and occupied by the nuns between 1562 and 1891 (when the last surviving nun died). In 1968 it was designated as the City Hall of Guimarães, housing also the municipal archives. The entrance is free on working hours and you will certainly enjoy visiting it.
Beautiful cloisters and gardens are hidden inside, but it is on the Baroque-style façade that we get lost in the superb details, worked in granite and that lead us to the central image, the sculpture of Santa Clara, almost inlaid in the baroque façade.