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Address: Sao Pedro de Penaferrim | Parques de Sintra, Colares 2710-405, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 219 237 300
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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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Ancient place where priests from s. Francis lived, most poorly in middle of Mother Nature, taking care of the poor people and the animals. Very quiet, very strong feelings.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ancient place where priests from s. Francis lived, most poorly in middle of Mother Nature, taking care of the poor people and the animals. Very quiet, very strong feelings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be warned: there is NO road from Monserate to the convent, even if your GPS tells you so. You will have to go via Pena Palace. We did not stop and ended up really lost on steep and narrow dirt roads and scratches on our car. You are blessed with peace and quiet, the crowds from Sintra and Pena do... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was one of the most lovely, tranquil, timeless places I've ever been to. It dates back to the 1560's and is a warren of small buildings, lined in cork, and set amidst nature at its most simple. On our trip the only other visitors were a group of scouts, boys and girls, and we wandered through the small, stark,... More 

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Beverley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Covent is in excellent state of repair high up in the Sintra woodland overlooking the Atlantic. The cells,kitchen and other rooms used by the 8 Franciscan monks are worth exploring including the beautiful grounds against the great rocks. Access is possible by car, cycle or foot. We incorporated it in a 10 mile circular walk from Eugaria village.There is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

You can purchase a combination ticket including many of the top sites in Sintra and it's well worth visiting this convent. You get a good sense of the austere life the residents had when you wander around the small chambers. It was also interesting seeing the use of the cork for insulation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016 via mobile

This site feels off the beaten track. You are given a map at the ticket office but no other on-site information is provided. It is a bit battered and run down but personally I prefer this to over restoration. If you are tired of the tour groups at the palaces, this is a different experience. There were only 2 other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2016

Started life in 16th, carved out ot the rock, most surfaces covered with cork for insulation purposes. Worthwhile visiting, very easy to get to, like all places on the Mountain of Sintra.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

This is a remote and beautiful place ideal for reflection and being at one with nature. Both the buildings and the gardens are fascinating to explore combining nature with history. It is NOT the easiest place to get to but the effort is worth it. By car is probably easiest as there is a car park there but the tourist... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016

Access road by car to this place is little bit of complicated, is clever to check it online, before you plan visit. Very important is follow road signs, which that will show you the right direction and dont trust GPS. From Sitra road leads through a small village where in the center of the village turn to the right and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2016

Getting here without a car isn't easy, but it's worth it. We took the tourist bus from the Sintra train station to Monserrate Palace (2.50 euro round trip) and walked from there. If you have Google Maps on your phone, it's about a 45 minute walk to the monastery. On the way back, you can hitch hike from the road... More 

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