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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 26 Attractions in Sintra
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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New York City, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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Brugge
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30 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

A must do when you visit sintra. It gives you a increadible view how humble the monks lived 400 years ago. 5 stars !

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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

It is very very small, but it is a pleasant short walk through the stone cave like buildings... a genuine feeling and worth the time - 30 minutes is really enough

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Portland, Maine
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This seems to be a less popular place to visit, but we really liked it as it is nothing like what we would see in the U.S. It is a stone building built into the hillside and you can only imagine how it must have been to live there. We were fascinated by it and amazed that is was in... More

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

A quiet little monastery near Sintra which retains an air of mystery and age, good facilities, easy to park, few crowds. Worth a visit.

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Cerritos, California
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We stopped here during a visit to Sintra. It was a little hard to find. And delightfully, we almost had the place to ourselves. I guess the tour buses don't stop here. You take a walk through the woods and climb some stairs to find the convent - a real rabbit warren of rooms and garden. It was interesting and... More

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breda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This was the highlight of my holidays, we rented the sound tour, so to hear a lot more about the convent: the history, design and use of this place is really unique. Whereas other places in Sintra are only showing off wealth and decadency, this convent made me think. Highly recommend visiting it.

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Seattle, Washington
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We visited this beautiful convent on the first day of our three week trip, and it remained one of our favorite sites we visited. It is absolutely beautiful and so fun to walk around and explore. The whole family enjoyed it (including two teens).

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Sydney
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

At first I wasn't excited about this place, partly because it took longer to find than I expected, and partly because the visual impact is far fro overwhelming. But once you get inside the monastery proper (versus the gardens outside, which are worth viewing) you realize the cork in the windows ad elsewhere is 500 years old and all set... More

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