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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 9, 2015
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Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

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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Lisbon, Portugal
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Just breath taking... Imagine the fog...The green wheezing trees dancing with the sea wind from the near shore. No one's around...The mountain, a long small road (today is wide...) that leads you to a reclusive and introspective cenary. Small houses with individual cells for each monk. Almost inpossible to walk inside because the doors are small and narrow. There's no... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

You probably need a car to get here but this is a lovely contrast to the opulent palaces of Sintra. All moss-rocks and cork, beautifully displayed and preserved.

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Sintra, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The Capuchin Convent was built in 1560 by D. Álvaro de Castro, State Councillor of King Sebastian and comptroller of Finance, as a result of the fulfilment of a vow of his father, D. João de Castro, fourth Viceroy of India. The Convent of Santa Cruz da Serra de Sintra - Convento dos Capuchos - thus emerged in a secluded... More 

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Bat Yam, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Visit Capuchos Convent gives a sense of mystery. The place shows us how monks lived here far from anywhere. Located a short drive from Sintra and looks unlike any other monastery.

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Ghent, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We were very impressed when visiting the Capuchos Convent. It really gives a very good impression of what the life of a monk living there was like. Should do when visiting Sintra, although you definitely need a car (we did it with a very small electric one that we rented nearby the station).

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