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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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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
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
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
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
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
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)