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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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Hidden Monastery Rich with Arcane Mystery

Set in a beautiful woodland forest surround, so far unspoiled by excessive tourism. A unique mix of ruins and history, with mysterious connections to lunar worship and St Francis... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
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Ramat Gan, Israel
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24 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

interesting kids may like it , but i am not sure if it worth the time .. except from the "monastery" there is nothing worth seeing.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Set in a beautiful woodland forest surround, so far unspoiled by excessive tourism. A unique mix of ruins and history, with mysterious connections to lunar worship and St Francis of Assisi. Best seen with a guide - Walk Hike Portugal provided a top rate service.

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Haslemere - Surrey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Many years ago, it was possible to visit this small convent, carved out of the local rock caves in the middle of a pine forest, and be the only person there, apart from an unobtrusive attendant. The cells were corked lined, to protect from the cold and damp in winter and the place had a real atmosphere. Now, it is... More 

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Dunstable, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

This seems to be the site least visited in the Sintra Park. Get an audio guide to help you understnad the lives of those who lived here.

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St-Lazare
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 via mobile

This place was a total waste of time. The site is tiny and in a pittyful state. There is a reason why you are the only one there when you arrive. Nothing is restored, no artifacts on site, no signs that explain anything. Many more interesting sites in Sintra. Only way there is by car. I hate to direspect this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We travelled by train from Lisbon to Cintra and selected the Capuchos Convent as one of the two sights to visit. We walked, with sandals, from Cintra to the convent and back! I will lie if I say that the distance was great, but we allowed enough time to make the journey enjoyable and the final destination was a huge... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We first started out trip to the Sintra area via Cabo Roco (western most spot in Europe) then to the Capuchos Convent before heading to the palace and area. This attraction almost certainly needs a rental car (or bicycle or taxi) to get to. The road to this Convent is both fun to drive and beautiful. It is certainly off... More 

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The convent is well of the tourist trail, which makes it ideal to visit. There were only 2 other people there during our visit on a Thursday afternoon. You must visit with a guide that well understands and can relate the stories of life in this convent for monks. To see the tiny rooms they sleep, worked and otherwise occupied... More 

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Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

The lesser known "Cork Convent" was really a beautiful trip and off the beaten path. There isn't really public transportation there (unless you get the hop on hop off sight seeing bus which cost 18 euro each!) so we took a taxi and asked him to wait while we explored. This ended up costing 35 euro total. Exploring only takes... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

The Capuchos convent gives us insight in to the harsh life of monk who lived in reclusion in this convent. It's a spiritual place. It was abandoned for many years and vandals left their marks unfortunatelly, but corrently its explored for tourism by the city of Sintra and worth a visit if you are in the area.

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Address: Address: Sao Pedro de Penaferrim | Parques de Sintra, Serra de Sintra, Sintra 2710-405, Portugal
Location: Europe  >  Portugal  >  Central Portugal  >  Lisbon District  >  Sintra Municipality  >  Sintra
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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