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Convento dos Capuchos

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 03/16/2017

Fodor's Review

The plain main entrance to this extraordinarily austere convent, 13 km (8 miles) southwest of Sintra, sets the tone for the severity of the ascetic living conditions within. From 1560 until 1834, when it was abandoned, seven monks—never any more, never any less—prayed in the tiny chapel hewn out of the rock and inhabited the bare cells, which were lined with cork in attempt to maintain a modicum of warmth. Impure thoughts meant a spell in the Penitents' Cell, an excruciatingly small space. Guides for the 45-minute tour bring the history of the place to life with surprising zest and humor. No vehicles are allowed close to the convent, so the peace is disturbed only by birdsong.

Sight Information

Address:

Convento dos Capuchos, Colares, Sintra, Lisbon, 2710, Portugal

Phone:

219-237300

Sight Details:

  • €7

Published 03/16/2017

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