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Capuchos Convent

Sao Pedro de Penaferrim | Parques de Sintra, Serra de Sintra, Sintra 2710-405, Portugal
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Ranked #10 of 25 Attractions in Sintra
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: The "Capuchos Convent" or "Cork Convent" was established in 1560 by Dom Alvaro de Castro...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Lisbon, Portugal
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is the most primitive and simple of monasteries, with strange cork-oak walls and granite stone boulders and caves everywhere. Literally dug and hewn into the rockface the monks here lived a reclusive life in cells with foot wide doors from the 1540s onwards until their abolition. Away from the black dark interiors and grotto this retreat also offered the... More 

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Alton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

A very interesting place to visit . Although called a convent it was the home to Monks. Built into the rocks & lined with cork for insulation . Be aware that some of the pathways are uneven & quite steep not advisable for people with walking difficulties ,also strong footwear advised.

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County Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

for something a little different, low key and contemplative from the madness that is Sintra, this haven is worth the visit

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Everyone knows that Sintra is magical. But we feel that the Capuchin Convent does not get nearly enough press. This place is just otherworldly - a real life Tolkien Hobbit place. No one is around to watch us as we crawl through hobbitholes and dormitories where (apparently very small) monks once lived. Although my daughter and i are not children,... More 

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Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

It is not located in the main touristy area. It was very fascinating place to see how these monks lived in a total austere and deprived condition. The audio guide was detailed yet without any unnecessary frills. Our teenaged son was deeply touched with its history and serenity. We enjoyed very much to see real scenery rather than tourist trap... More 

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