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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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If you like Tolkien and Lord of the Rings this is a must see

A cave like convent carved inside of the hillside. Truly a remarkable! Looks like something straight out of Tolkien's tales. The monks lived in very small houses (fit for an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

A cave like convent carved inside of the hillside. Truly a remarkable! Looks like something straight out of Tolkien's tales. The monks lived in very small houses (fit for an hobbit) carved between the rocks. The surroundings are also really beautiful. The view from the top shows a unique view of the Sintra's Natural Park up until where it meets... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 via mobile

This place was one of the most expensive places we have visited although the experience was not that special. To be honest this is a very nice place and unique area but the information what is given is a bit limited... you can easily meditate here and enjoy the silence but do not come here just for this...

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This place is stunning and interesting. The flowers and nature that surround it are worth the walk. The 'cork convent' as my family dubs it is fun to explore. Kids will find it fun with plenty of space for exploring and running around.

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Straight after witnessing the indulgent opulence of Monserrate, there was a striking contrast with the monks' simple existence. It was amazing to find it preserved almost as the day they left, neither ruined nor restored.

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Sintra, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Hi there!! It is a beautiful place and I have called it the Green Convent because, upon arrival more than one wall facing you is covered in moss and looks pretty and fresh and the entire place feels like you don't belong there... it has very small cells and you have the feeling that whoever used to live there was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

If you don't have private car for your visit, the cheapest option is the Drop On - Drop Off bus from Sintra Train Station. The Capuchos Convent is one among several stops: Colares, Cabo da Roca, Palacio da Pena, Palacio Nacional... One hour more or less is enough for the visit, so you can come back using the next bus,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We loved the Convento dos Capuchos, mainly for all the reasons listed in the one-star review below! It is still mostly unrestored, and there are few visitors. This is one of the only sites in Sintra without public transportation, and Lonely Planet said it was a long walk along a road to get to it. However, it is easily accessible... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I'm glad we went, it wasn't crowded or over run with tourists, it's a beautiful setting and one can appreciate the history of this convent.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

a quaint little place, very interesting, It is a way from the rest of the sights, and doesn't take long to view, best do the long tours first...was an interesting place to visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

One of the most interesting places to visit if you like authenticity, A bit off the beaten path, so not crowded with tourists like many of the other Sintra sites. Like nothing you will see elsewhere.

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