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Capuchos Convent

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Address: Rua de Sao Pedro | Parques de Sintra, Colares 2705-157, Portugal
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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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History and a almost unique Landscape

Went the last March Week to this former Franziscan Convent near the Pena Palace and it reminded me a visit i did as a child many years ago .So , really quick : Is it s stop worth... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Central Portugal, Portugal
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Central Portugal, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went the last March Week to this former Franziscan Convent near the Pena Palace and it reminded me a visit i did as a child many years ago .So , really quick : Is it s stop worth ? If you are staying longer in Sintra , if you bought a combined Ticket , and if you are intoo History/Landscape... More 

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Menton, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice, quiet and peaceful place but not so interesting after you see all the gardens from Sintra region.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a very different scale and philosophy to all those Sintra Palaces, so don't be disappointed. the reviewer who referred to this as 'hobbit-sized' was spot on. And its lovely the way you can just poke around the place, which is really very complete, at your leisure. I don't want to say too much in case I spoil it for... More 

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Porto, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2017

Very old convent. Very poor construction, with stone and cork. Fantastic integration with nature. Beautiful landscape.

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Lund, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016 via mobile

Historic, interesting, Magical & Beautiful place to enjoy a early sunny morning before to many turists comes. Enjoy this with wide open eyes & a closed mouth and you will be moved in time and space very quickly.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016 via mobile

I really loved walking through the old buildings and grounds. I wish I could go on retreat here. It's so natural and earthy - feels like St Francis would have approved.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

It is hard to believe that a small community of monks existed in such a remote location. The basic convent was first established in the mid 16th Century. It now consists of several very well preserved stone buildings and the remains of the vegetable/ herb garden. Also known as the Cork Convent as the monks lined their cells and other... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016 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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