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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...more
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Rua de Sao Pedro | Parques de Sintra, Colares 2705-157, Portugal
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I am not even sure how to describe the experience. After all the luxury in Sintra Palaces we decided to go to this place. I was not aware about it and I expected a rich, sparkling convent. Well...this is like no other place you've seen...More
A very interesting 'convent' albeit only monks ever lived there. A collection of small, interconnected buildings, with cork lined doors and ceilings throughout. Fascinating, to walk around and appreciate the very spartan lifestyle of the monks. Lots of restoration work going on, but not an...More
No doubt the Convento (for monks not nuns) is an interesting site and the sense of life for the monks is intriguing.
It was lovely to visit the Convento in relative solitude even in peak season.
However we did leave with an empty feeling:
We went to Capuchos later in the day due to the heat, arriving around 6pm. It was not busy, and there are not staff everywhere manning every corner. This place has a really special energy. The way in which you can explore allows you to...More
Really enjoyed exploring this place! Very interesting to see how they used to live in very small rooms (with doors and window shades made out of cork of course).. and fun to explore both inside and outside areas. It's very green, lush and good for...More
This a most interesting landmark. How the priests stayed in the tiny rooms is amazing. A little hard to walk up the tiny steps and out of the way but I would think most people would enjoy visiting. Small entry fee is reasonable. 👍👍👍👍
The convent is on the top of the hill, one can start with the convent, proceed to the Moorish castle from there. Maybe you can see another attraction after these two. You can purchase a combined ticket there. The convent is located in wooded area,...More
Right before you enter you can find the ticket shop. If you want, you can buy the tickets for several attractions together (in pena, monserrate, capuchos or castelo dos mouros) and you'll have a discount (higher if you buy... More
Right before you enter you can find the ticket shop. If you want, you can buy the tickets for several attractions together (in pena, monserrate, capuchos or castelo dos mouros) and you'll have a discount (higher if you buy tickets for more attractions)