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Address: Sao Pedro de Penaferrim | Parques de Sintra, Colares 2710-405, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 219 237 300
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The "Capuchos Convent" or "Cork Convent" was...

The "Capuchos Convent" or "Cork Convent" was established in 1560 by Dom Alvaro de Castro, Counsellor of State to King Sebastiao, with the name Convento de Santa Cruz da Serra de Sintra. It is noteworthy for the extreme poverty of its construction, which represents the ideal of the Order of St. Francis of Assisi, and for the extensive use of cork in the protection and decoration of its small spaces.

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Getting here without a car isn't easy, but it's worth it. We took the tourist bus from the Sintra train station to Monserrate Palace (2.50 euro round trip) and walked from there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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49 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Getting here without a car isn't easy, but it's worth it. We took the tourist bus from the Sintra train station to Monserrate Palace (2.50 euro round trip) and walked from there. If you have Google Maps on your phone, it's about a 45 minute walk to the monastery. On the way back, you can hitch hike from the road... More 

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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

This place is magical! I don't know how else I could describe it. When you visit it, it's like going back in time hundreds of years and truly feeling the connection with nature. It's amazing to see how Capuchins used to live. Words are not enough to describe the feeling you have when there.

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Thank victoriasale
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Built on the natural granite boulders, this is probably the most misterious monastery you will visit! Usually NOT CROWDED, even in the summer!

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Lisbon District, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Must visit . Reached by several roads , we took the road after the entrance of Azoia ..... Very narrow road amidst a forest , it took us about 30 mnts to reach . Take your time walking around , once you arrive . A great spot to meditate .

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Perhaps the highlight of my OH and my trip to Portugal. As we didn't have our own transport we had to take the tour bus (the Red line I think) which does a big loop of the Sintra area meaning that we would have to spend at least an hour there. The guide book said it was a half hour... More 

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Mount Pleasant
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Very old convent built in the 12 -13th century.. In the process of being restored. Very worth spending an hour or so.

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Dunnville, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

A must to see this attraction. A place of solitude and well preserved history. it was our favourite place in the Sintra area.

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Marrakech, Morocco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

yes it's small and not luxery at all, but the story and philosofy is great!!! To experience this, you need a audio-tour

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Capuchos was a very secluded & minimalist Franciscan monastery, when the order still adhered to the "destitute church" principle. It conveys that principle in a most tangible manner. Yet now easily accessible by car you may miss the ambiance with many visitors around. Best to come an hour before the place closes; you're likely to be quite alone.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Despite some negative reviews and general apathy from our villa owner. Quite interesting seeing the living quarters and all the cork covered doors and ceilings. Also if you follow the trail up from behind the convent you reach a clearing with fantastic views over the surrounding countryside and Pena palce

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