Capuchos Convent

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Basic info

Type of attraction

Convent

Portuguese name

Convento dos Capuchos

Location

Estrada dos Capuchos, Sintra

Website
Email
+351 219 237 300

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How to visit

Prices

Adult (18 to 64): 11,00€
Young (6 to 17): 9,00€
Senior (over 65): 9,00€
Family ticket (2A + 2Y): 29,00€

Free access
  • Children under 6
Opening times

9 am — 5:30 pm (daily)

Last Ticket & Last Admission: 5 pm

Ticket Office closed: 12 pm – 1 pm

Automatic Ticket vending machine available.

Closing days

December 24, 25, 31 & January 1

Location

Estrada dos Capuchos, Sintra

Public transports

Best way to acess is by car, taxi or uber service

Lisbon > Sintra:
Train (CP) – Sintra Line

Sintra (train station) > Convent of Capuchos:
Bus 1253 (Carris) + 40 min walk

More details

  • Courtyard of the Crosses: the place of Christ’s crucifixion (the Golgotha) is symbolized by the three crosses.
  • Chapel of Our Lord in Gethsemane: the front displays frescoes by André Reinoso illustrating Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Anthony, both renowned Franciscans friars.
  • Chapel of the Passion of Christ: built in the 18th century. Coated with blue and white tiles depicting scenes of the Passion of Christ.
  • Cells & Corridor: reserved for meditation. The narrow and bare cells reflect the Friars’ life philosophy.

1521-57 – According to the legend, King John III had a dream in which angels were worshiping the Holy Cross in the hollow of the cave in which he fell asleep. This inspired him to decree the founding of a convent dedicated to the Holy Cross at that very location.

1560 – Álvaro de Castro fulfills the task that his father, João de Castro (Viceroy of India), was unable to fulfill during his lifetime and builds the Convent of the Holy Cross of the Sintra Hills.

1578-80 – Under the instructions of Cardinal King Henry, the convent undergoes some upgrading works.

1580s-1830s – Known as place of worship and pilgrimage, where Franciscan friars reside in cork-coated cells carved out of the rock.

1834 – Abolition of Religious Orders. The convent is abandoned.

1873 – The 2nd Count of Penamacor who had acquired the place sells the property to Francis Cook.

1949 – Acquisition by the Portuguese State, which then implements some recovery works.

2000 – Parks of Sintra takes over the management.

2013 – Wide-ranging restoration and improvement works take place.

the surroundings

  • Palace of Monserrate (3,3 km)
  • Chalet of the Countess of Edla (5,1 km)
  • Biester Palace (6,3 km)
  • National Palace of Pena (7,4 km)
  • Toca do Júlio (6,4 km)
  • Moinho Dom Quixote (7,8 km)
  • O Crôa (9,1 km)
  • Angra – Marisqueira (9,7 km)
  • Bar do Fundo (9,9 km)

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