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Address: Sao Pedro de Penaferrim | Parques de Sintra, Serra de Sintra, Sintra 2710-405, Portugal
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Description: The "Capuchos Convent" or "Cork Convent" was established in 1560 by Dom...
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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Peaceful and atmospheric

This seems to be the site least visited in the Sintra Park. Get an audio guide to help you understnad the lives of those who lived here.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Dunstable, United Kingdom
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Dunstable, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This seems to be the site least visited in the Sintra Park. Get an audio guide to help you understnad the lives of those who lived here.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

This place was a total waste of time. The site is tiny and in a pittyful state. There is a reason why you are the only one there when you arrive. Nothing is restored, no artifacts on site, no signs that explain anything. Many more interesting sites in Sintra. Only way there is by car. I hate to direspect this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We travelled by train from Lisbon to Cintra and selected the Capuchos Convent as one of the two sights to visit. We walked, with sandals, from Cintra to the convent and back! I will lie if I say that the distance was great, but we allowed enough time to make the journey enjoyable and the final destination was a huge... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We first started out trip to the Sintra area via Cabo Roco (western most spot in Europe) then to the Capuchos Convent before heading to the palace and area. This attraction almost certainly needs a rental car (or bicycle or taxi) to get to. The road to this Convent is both fun to drive and beautiful. It is certainly off... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The convent is well of the tourist trail, which makes it ideal to visit. There were only 2 other people there during our visit on a Thursday afternoon. You must visit with a guide that well understands and can relate the stories of life in this convent for monks. To see the tiny rooms they sleep, worked and otherwise occupied... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

The lesser known "Cork Convent" was really a beautiful trip and off the beaten path. There isn't really public transportation there (unless you get the hop on hop off sight seeing bus which cost 18 euro each!) so we took a taxi and asked him to wait while we explored. This ended up costing 35 euro total. Exploring only takes... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

The Capuchos convent gives us insight in to the harsh life of monk who lived in reclusion in this convent. It's a spiritual place. It was abandoned for many years and vandals left their marks unfortunatelly, but corrently its explored for tourism by the city of Sintra and worth a visit if you are in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This was my favorite of the Sintra sites that we visited. A very unique location that's fun to explore and learn about. A bit away from the other major sites so expect a little bit of a drive, but not much. Because of that is was far less crowded that the other national monuments nearby.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Though this place is advertised in the tourist information, most people don't seem to get there as it's not a top highlight and is a bit farther away from everything else. You need to plan carefully if you're taking the bus there, but if you have a car it's pretty easy (really, there's only one road). Ample parking. We had... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

take an hour and visit this place. take a flash light as the convent itself is dimly lite. There are a few things to surprise you. Well worth the time - it is on the Hop on-Hop off Red line just after it goes to Cabo do Roca.

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