In the middle of a dense forest and gigantic granite rocks of the Sintra Mountain Natural Park, lies the Capuchos Convent, an austere Franciscan monastery, with minimal impact on the natural environment and with an extremely simplistic design.
The construction dates back to 1560 and the chosen location, allowed the resident friars complete segregation from the outside world, living in a quiet atmosphere, but at the same time with little comfort.
The set of small chapels, rooms and cells, are all connected by very narrow passages, resembling small caves. The beds are made of stone and the rooms, reminiscent of prison cells, are covered with cork and practically devoid of protection against the harsh winters.
Frei Honorio, was a famous monk who lived here and spent 15 of his years in isolation, living until the age of 100 years. The complex was abandoned after the religious orders were abolished in 1830.
A visit to this quaint monastery is an experience reminiscent of “Alice in Wonderland,” as we begin to explore the maze of cells, chapels and caves. The surrounding space conveys a peaceful and idyllic atmosphere. This is away from the usual tourist routes, but whoever knows Sintra, considers it, undoubtedly, as one of the best historical monuments in the region.
Open every day from 09:30 to 20:00 (summer time) and from 10:00 to 17:00 (winter).