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Address: Rua de Sao Pedro | Parques de Sintra, Colares 2705-157, 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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Interesting, atmospheric and one i am glad we didn't miss

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Pauline K
Poznan, Wielkopolskie, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

Thank Mary M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 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.

Thank Paulo C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

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 June 26, 2016

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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Phoenix, Arizona
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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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