Capuchos Convent, Colares

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Capuchos Convent, an extensive monastery complex created with minimalism in mind, was constructed by the Franciscan order of monks in 1560 in the mountains near Lisbon. The Franciscans, who practiced extreme poverty, lent the buildings an air of simplicity. Wander the courtyards and hallways of the unassuming stone structures, weathered and overgrown with tangled vegetation. Note the cork insulation installed in the doors and windows, a hallmark of the convent, designed to protect against both cold and heat. Take a guided tour to explore more of the grounds and learn more about the site's history. Add Capuchos Convent to your Colares travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Colares road trip planner.
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  • A lot of people do not get time to go here. I would recommend you make time. I was fascinated by the place and stories. Very spiritual feeling in some rooms  more »
  • Is an attraction that is a bit sloppy and abandonment; outer space is not careful and the money you pay for entry for visit, is a bit excessive for what we're going to find in space
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  • Unfortunately the location needs to be recovered. It seems that this is progress, but nothing to note, for now! I had the impression of visiting an abandoned monument! Should have a symbolic, but it costs 6 euros currently. I found it very expensive p/visit a place that has nothing to offer.
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  • Lovely place with a lot of interesting things to see. Beautiful viewpoints if you bring your good shoes. So quiet and peaceful compared to some of the other popular places (we were there on a Tuesday in July just before noon)
  • Convent hidden in the forest, really interesting to see how the monks were living, what a lifestyle! The place is charming, mystical...
  • This is a very nice and niche place to visit in Sintra. Totally worth the cheap ticket. Go there at sundown for a better experience
  • This is a discovering adventure. The convent is small, small as in you having to bend down to fit the doors. But also as not a lot to visit in the inside of the building. This is nice to bring your kids for an exploration adventure. Be aware, bring comfortable shoes like hiking boots. Free to visit for locals residents of Sintra on Sunday mornings.
  • OK, it was out of season (not that you'd know from the amount of tourists in Sintra where I was staying). And in fairness it's a very small site. Perhaps my expectations were too high? Situated not far from Sintra I drove, but you're probably best using the sightseeing bus service (18 Euros for a 24 hour hop-on hop-off pass - I don't think you could do all their stops in one day). There was a smallish car park, short walk to the ticket office. Then a slightly longer walk to the convent where there are also toilets and a gift shop. The convent is fascinating. The visit takes you through the cells (not very accessible and I didn't attempt some of the smaller cells with low roofs). But I wanted to see the two frescos I'd heard about and I couldn't. Thanks to the invisible architects... Quite a lot of the site was blocked off due to "On-going archaeological surveys". I don't know how you'd find out about these. Or the donkey-sanctuary. Yup. No I don't see the connection either. If you're doing Sintra you should try and tick off all the sites. There's plenty. But it did feel a lot like a box-ticking exercise. Visited October 2016

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