Capuchos ConventCurrently Closed
- Address: Sao Pedro de Penaferrim, Parques de Sintra, Serra de Sintra, Sintra 2710-405, Portugal
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Ticket Price: 5 EUR
- Time Required: 01:30 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Historical Site, Architecture
Capuchos Convent - Review
The meditative calm at Capuchos Convent draws you in.
The 4th Portuguese Viceroy of India, Joao de Castro got lost hunting in these mountains and fell into an exhausted sleep in which he experienced a divine insight to build a convent on the site.
The Convent was established by a group of monks in the 1560s to establish a new religious order in the region. Soon enough, the monks played an influential role in all aspects of Portuguese life. A number of writers and artists sought inspiration at the Capuchos Convent. Unfortunately, the place lay in ruins by the onset of 19th century until Viscount of Monserrate Francis Cook (of the Monserrate Palace fame), acquired the property and looked after its upkeep.
The minimalist design of Capuchos Convent stands in stark contrast to the other lavish monuments of Sintra. But the humble and mossy walls, the hand painted interiors, the unadorned paths and passageways and the tranquil green outdoors lend the place a different sort of beauty. The austerity that you encounter at the Convent is a result of the monks’ deliberate effort to stay away from materialistic indulgences which they felt plagued the rest of the town.
But don’t let the simple architecture fool you. Inside, you will find the 500 year old world of hermits, their rooms, kitchens, washrooms and more. The decorations you will see inside were mostly pieces of cork, tiles and porcelain. The surrounding area has a wonderful collection of wild roses and trees.
Capuchos Convent Information
- Discount on ticket price is available for children.
- Audio guides are available for an additional price.
- The ticket price does not include guided tour or audio guide.
- The rocky terrain of the Capuchos Convent makes it unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
- This hilly area tends to get chilly. Bring along a jacket.
- Wear comfortable footwear to the Convent.
How To reach Capuchos Convent by Public Transport
- By Bus: Capuchos Convent is on the City sightseeing bus route available at the Sintra Train Station.
- By Car: Hire a car up to the Convent and back on the N375 route.
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Things to Know Before Visiting Capuchos Convent
95% of people who visit Sintra include Capuchos Convent in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
71.79% of people start their Capuchos Convent visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Capuchos Convent
94.14% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Capuchos Convent
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Capuchos Convent, Sintra Reviews
We and our kids loved this place. Absolutely fascinating and fun to explore. Hike to the top of the hill for a great view of the ocean.
Beautiful and very interesting. We would recommend a visit if you are in the area. The audio guide makes the difference and worth the extra 3 euros. Allow yourself at least an hour inside the convent. If the weather is good it’s worth the climb to the tp
A pleasant day out. Our family visit was very satisfying even though the temperature was 16C and windy. One wouldn't have known there was a convent in this hillside, a very beautiful and interesting place and one or two viewpoints if you go exploring and find them. 7€ for adult entrance is great value for money. Not suitable for prams, we recommend carrying (baby carrier). Just outside of the venue there is a nature walk if you fancy making a long time in the area. :)
The only reason this didn't get 5 stars was because there is a lack of signage telling you what you're looking at. But they are doing extensive renovation so hopefully that will be resolved. So tranquil and atmospheric. Wonderful
As for 2018, don't bother spending your money here. 30 years ago this place was kept in very good conditions of conservation. Now everything is falling apart. Some of the places you can't even see properly because it's close with a restoration tape... Looking at the state of the Convento I wonder for how long they have it closed with the restoration label. They closed the area, put a ticket office to charge a high price for what you get. Oh, and you also have an expensive souvenir store... The fountain outside used to have antique tiles, now not even sign of them. Inside it used to be filled with coins from everywhere, people throw coins inside as they wish for something. I wonder what happened to that money as now you see only a couple of coins. It's very sad and disappointing to see that this place, once a place of prayer and history, is now just a money grab thing.