16th century building once the Convent of Santa Clara
The city of Guimarães is in the Plaza Jose Maria Gomes, a 16th-century building that was at one time the Convent of Santa Clara. In the heart of its baroque outside is a sculpture of Santa Clara. There is a 2-story cloister in the classicist style inside the structure. The convent had annexed a chapel whose art was transferred to Alberto Sampaio Museum, and is occupied by the Municipal Archives Alfredo Pimenta. Just across the hall, across the square is Raul Brandão Municipal Library.