The brief but surprisingly informative museum brochure tells us that in 1834, more than 300 years after Joana’s time and amidst a wave of anti-clerical sentiment, Portugal’s religious orders were made to disband by a government minister named Joaquim António de Aguiar. Monasteries were shut immediately, and the properties seized by the state. Aguiar became known as “Monk Killer.” But each convent was permitted to function until the death of the last nun living there. The last nun at Aveiro lived until 1874, forty years after the edict. How long Maria Henriqueta de Jesus lived cloistered alone in the massive convent, under the eyes of government officials waiting for her to die, the brochure does not say.
- "The Tio never developed a monumental architecture, not because they were not able to, but because they were not interested." –Jan Vansina
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