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Capuchos Convent

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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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love the experience to visit this unique place. I used to be a boy scout when younger, so this place makes me remember all days while playing with other boys, some fights, laughts, football matches. Really good place, specially with the right company. Love to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 22 November 2018

We were very surprised how much we enjoyed the Capuchos Convent which wasn't a convent but a monastery. Very well preserved buildings with restoration going on but still much to see. The audio guide is a must to explain the different rooms and what they...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank virginiabeachbums
Reviewed 14 November 2018 via mobile

We visited the Cork Convent in October on a rainy and dreary day! It was fascinating to see this site where monks lived and prayed. The Convent was hewn out of rock! Tiny cells where the monks lived with even tinier doorways and passageways! The...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Diane H
Reviewed 25 October 2018

Be warned this convent is a long way from Sintra railway station- we took an uber about 12 EURO each way. Entry is 7 EURO per person. Ans the grounds and buildings are all in the process of a major renovation, which we think is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank suzziewoozie
Reviewed 15 October 2018

Seems these Monks settled there well before the Palacios started to grow everywhere. Beautiful by its simplicity, harmony and its peaceful location. You can only imagine the Monks were silent all day to make the most of it before retiring to their tiny cells: I...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank paulandc0
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

This is a hidden gem, fascinating sixteen century Franciscan monks convent hewn out of rock. The rooms, windows, doors and ceilings are insulated with cork from the trees growing in the gardens. The rooms and doorways are minute, particularly those reserved for visitors. Never seen...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 356peterg
Reviewed 27 September 2018

We took a tuk tuk out to the convent. It's very quiet, not crowded in September at least, and it was really something to walk through the tiny buildings with cork doors, windows, ceilings. Certainly not a life I would have liked to live! But...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Juliet L
Reviewed 19 September 2018

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

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Elena257
Reviewed 18 September 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank familytravel4x4
Reviewed 29 August 2018

A fascinating trip into the past and the life of monks centuries ago in their tiny stone rooms all lined with cork.

Date of experience: August 2018
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30 December 2018|
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Response from virginiabeachbums | Reviewed this property |
Yes, plenty of parking! it takes about one hour to go through the site and the first day we went arriving 20 minutes before they closed and they wouldn't let us go in, so we returned the next day. There is a booth where you... More
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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
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