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Address: Sao Pedro de Penaferrim | Parques de Sintra, Serra de Sintra, Sintra 2710-405, Portugal
Phone Number: 219237300
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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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A mystical magical place

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Lisbon District, Portugal

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Lisbon District, Portugal
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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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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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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

We drove up a very long one lane mountain road from the coast. A beautiful drive. The monastery was interesting, but nothing exceptional other than conceptually. Admission is 7.50 euro and the map they give you does not give much information. (They sell an audio guide for an extra 3 or 4 euro.) The final straw was that during most... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Very interesting to see how the monks lived. Such humble little spaces, all insulated with cork. A bit of the drive from the main tourist track but very worth it.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

It is with me as far as I can remember. First memories where with my grandmother and her storytelling wonders. I would run and go to all those small rooms amazed at how it was that such a place had been built without children in mind. It was the perfect jump to mystical adulthood. In my adolescent years, living close... More 

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