This monastery was founded by D. Brites Leitoa in 1458 as a convent for Dominican nuns. In 1475 D. Joana de Portugal, daughter of the King D. Afonso V and heiress to the crown (according to the portuguese law – that came from the Visigothic law and therefore the rest of the Iberian kingdoms had the same principles in their law – women were as rightful heir to the corwn as man) decides to join the convent as it was her wish since she was a child wich made her father irritated due to the fact of her political status and the death of her brother Infante D. João. D. Joana refused even several marriage proposals from Charles VIII of France (who was 18 years younger then her), Richard III of England, and others. Due to this situation (her political situation), she was never formally professed as a nun against her own will. Due to her presence in the city, Aveiro got some extra developement. By order/influence of the princess D. Joana many buildings and infrastructures were built in the city. In 1490 the princess dies in the convent by natural causes.
In 1874 the convent was shut down due to the death of the last nun, giving place to a Catholic school for poor children ran by the same Dominican order. In 1910 with the Republican revolution the Dominican order was expelt and the school was closed by the new republican regime. In the same year the monastery gets to be classified as a national monument and in 1911 it is transformed into the Regional Museum of Aveiro (Museu Regional de Aveiro) that still exists today. In there you can see the monastery as it was before with a gilded choir room, cloisters from the XV century, the gothic tomb of a knight, samples of teeth and hair of the princess D. Joana, her tomb made in Baroque style with pink marble, several paintings from the XV and XVIII century among others.
It is worth the visit!
Aveiro – Portugal
Canon EOS 550D + 50mm lens + CPL filter
Panorama made with 2 HDR shots each made with 3 exposures
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