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Address: Rua de Sao Pedro | Parques de Sintra, Colares 2705-157, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 21 923 7300
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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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Highlight of our day in Sintra

Probably would not have known about this wonderful place had our guide not taken us there. Was so happy it was a quiet day there; would have been a very different experience had... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 22, 2016
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First of all if you are elderly or disabled it will be difficult to move around the Convent. While it is a fascinating place and audio handsets can be purchased it is still very hard to move around the site and understand where everything is. There are no signs and the commentary is also confusing. The experience will be more... More 

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Dalbeattie, Scotland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

OK, it was out of season (not that you'd know from the amount of tourists in Sintra where I was staying). And in fairness it's a very small site. Perhaps my expectations were too high? Situated not far from Sintra I drove, but you're probably best using the sightseeing bus service (18 Euros for a 24 hour hop-on hop-off pass... More 

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Walnut Creek, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

Probably would not have known about this wonderful place had our guide not taken us there. Was so happy it was a quiet day there; would have been a very different experience had there been crowds -- but there were not. It is a place of beauty and of peace. Take your time while you wander through it and consider... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

On our day trip biking through SIntra, our guide took us to this relatively unknown spot. What a gem. It is such an interesting place. The convent is built into the rocks and is so beautiful. How the monks lived there in such solitude is amazing. Around the structure are beautiful gardens and interesting trees. Not easy to find but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

It is my favorite place in Sintra. A little piece of heaven! Amazing how the Franciscan monks lived here and managed to preserve and respect nature. Perfect to visit if you had enough of big palaces and even bigger crowds.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

Beautifully situated in the forest this serene former convent is really impressive. One can imagine how sober the monks lived here. The convent is hidden from the usual paths and only visited by a few tourists.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

We used the co-ordinates in the sat nav and found it easily. There were 3 of us there, my husband, myself and 19 year old daughter, all of us loved it. There was more to this place than I thought there would be, lots of nooks and crannies to explore. We got a leaflet on the way in which detailed... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

We really enjoyed our trip here! We walked from our hotel and it was a beautiful walk through the national park. We took the audio tour which was fantastic and really made the day. The site is well kept, clean and tidy. It's a lot bigger then you think, especially if you take in the gardens too. We spent about... More 

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Poznan, Wielkopolskie, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

A great place to visit when in Sintra. Lost in the woods and not easy to get to but I reached it on foot walking through the park from Monserrate Palace (takes about 2 hours). It takes quite a while to walk it all but make sure you get to the top as the views are stunning! Unfortunately the place... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

Capuchos Convent is nestled high in the countryside. I visited the site with my teenage son. I highly recommend using the audio guide to get the most out of your visit. It will give some history and put the site in context. Be sure to climb to the top where you will have a beautiful vista point. Wear shoes with... More 

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