Photographer's Note

The Monastery of Santa Clara de Moguer was declared a National Monument in 1931 and included in the historical-artistic ensemble "Colombian Places".

Important interventions have been made for the sustainability of the monumental complex, as well as in its cultural promotion in order to establish a dialogue between faith and contemporary culture. It belongs to the Bishopric of Huelva.


The Monastery of Santa Clara de Moguer is one of the most important examples of Mudejar architecture in Western Andalusia, with about ten thousand square meters in length.

It was founded in 1337 by Don Alonso Jofre Tenorio, Admiral Mayor of Castile, and his wife Elvira lvarez, first lords of Moguer - by donation of Alfonso XI in 1333 -, to Franciscan Clarisas nuns.

The monastery was built in an area close to the town, called "Campo de Santa Clara", integrating into the town center thanks to the new urban trend started at the end of the 15th century and the population boom. For centuries it influenced the social, economic, cultural and religious life of the region. His employers, the Portocarrero, were intimately linked to him; in fact, some female members of his lineage entered the monastic community, and the convent church was a family pantheon.

The fame and prestige achieved by the monastery made it between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries a focus of expansion of other convents of the same Order in Andalusia. From the monastery of Moguer, Sr. Ins Enriquez left with two religious to accompany Mara Coronel in the founding of the convent of Santa Ins in Seville, in 1374. Also, she promoted the reform of the convent of Santa Clara de Crdoba thanks to Sr. Catalina de Figueroa , Sr. Isabel Pacheco and Sr. Mara de Toledo, daughter of the counts of Puebla, the same thing happening to the convent of Santa Clara de Jan.

The founders and their successors, the Portocarrero, enriched the economic heritage of the monastery with donations and exemptions, typical of that time.



El Monasterio de Santa Clara de Moguer fue declarado Monumento Nacional en 1931 e incluido dentro del conjunto histrico-artstico Lugares Colombinos.

Se han realizado importantes intervenciones para la sostenibilidad del conjunto monumental , as como en su promocin cultural con el fin de establecer un dilogo entre la fe y la cultura contempornea. Pertenece al Obispado de Huelva.


El Monasterio de Santa Clara de Moguer es uno de los ejemplos ms importantes de la arquitectura mudjar en Andaluca Occidental, con cerca de diez mil metros cuadrados de extensin.

Fue fundado en 1337 por Don Alonso Jofre Tenorio, Almirante Mayor de Castilla, y su mujer Elvira lvarez, primeros seores de Moguer -por donacin de Alfonso XI en 1333-, para monjas Franciscanas Clarisas.

El monasterio se construy en un zona prxima a la villa, denominada Campo de Santa Clara, integrndose en el casco urbano gracias a la nueva tendencia urbanstica iniciada a finales del S. XV y al auge demogrfico de la poblacin. Durante siglos influy en la vida social, econmica, cultural y religiosa de la comarca. Sus patronos, los Portocarrero, estuvieron ntimamente ligados a l; de hecho, algunos miembros femeninos de su linaje ingresaron en la comunidad monacal, y la iglesia conventual fue panten familiar.

La fama y el prestigio alcanzados por el monasterio lo convirtieron entre los siglos XIV y XVII un foco de expansin de otros conventos de la misma Orden en Andaluca. Del monasterio de Moguer parti Sor Ins Enrquez con dos religiosas para acompaar a Mara Coronel en la fundacin del convento de Santa Ins de Sevilla, en el ao 1374. Tambin, propici la reforma del convento de Santa Clara de Crdoba gracias a Sor Catalina de Figueroa, Sor Isabel Pacheco y Sor Mara de Toledo, hija de los condes de la Puebla, sucediendo lo mismo al convento de Santa Clara de Jan.

Los fundadores y sus sucesores, los Portocarrero, enriquecieron el patrimonio econmico del monasterio con donaciones y exenciones, propias del aquel tiempo.

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