The Convent of Santa Clara was the first female religious house built on the island at the end of the 15th century. The Chapel of Our Lady of Conception, from the same period, was integrated into the convent, becoming the Church of Santa Clara.
The convent consists of a complex set of buildings articulated with each other, with several floors ranging between 2 and 3 floors, cloister, courtyards and distinct interior spaces.
The high choir corresponds to one of the most important and ancient spaces of the convent, keeping intact the alfarge ceiling (peninsular style of decorative arts, exhibited by multiform lavors), the floor of Hispanic-Moorish tiles and the chair of the 16th century, as well as the walls with pseudo-hoeed pattern tiles or the altar of Our Lady of the Assumption, of the 17th century, among other artistic elements.
The alfarge ceiling of the high choir features a rectangular plant with 3 cloths, a simple polychromy work, only with decorative elements on the altar, and a less complex woodwork, albeit with geometric intertwined features. Like the church of Calheta, it presents wooden stretchers.
The interventions of conservation and restoration of the ceilings of the Cathedral of Funchal and the rehabilitation and restoration of the Convent of Santa Clara are projects co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Madeira 14-20.