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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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Very interesting, but hard to get to

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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Denver
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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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Capitola, California
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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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Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We were lucky to be driving a car, which is the only way to realistically get there. The convent is not in a very good state, we would recommend visiting other attractions in Sintra. There is not much to see, and there is very little information about the life in the Convent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

No one else was there when I visited.. fabulous place a bit off the tourist map but a must to see. It is on the hop off hop on bus route but the problem is the buses only come every hour and cannot be predicted and you don't need an hour there so get a taxi and get them to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The tourist office wasn't sure how long it would take to walk to the Convent. The guy confidently stated it would take a hour and a half. We set off from the City center and without stopping,. we strode on purposefully. Two and a half hours later we arrived at the Convent. It is a ramshackle building with tiny cells... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

If you would like to visit something out of the ordinary, go to the Convento dos Capuchos near to Sintra. It is a mysterious place that is now abandoned but open to the public to let them glimpse and imagine what life must have been to the monks meditating and praying all those years ago. Because of the abundance of... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

in order to go to capuchos convent you have to go in the center of the town,at one hotel and ask at the reception to call a taxi for you ,which will wait for you for a half an hour...the beds and the pilloe are carved in stone...

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