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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. Use our Colares tourist route planner to add Capuchos Convent and other attractions to your Colares vacation plans.
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  • Place is nice but definitely not a must-see. Recommend going only if you ave spare time. There are many other better places to see around Sintra.  more »
  • This is a most unusual place in the middle of the forest , hewn out of the rock and insulated with cork , this was built by Franciscan friars in the second half of the 16th century . Worth the drive .  more »
  • A nice look into the humble past of the monks from the area. The buildings are well enough preserved to get a feel of the residents. The best parts are the trails to explore around the compound. Bring...  more »
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  • 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
  • one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen
  • This old convent is a bit of a drive from sintra but well worth a visit. Beautiful place.
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