Convent of the Capuchos, Colares

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Convent of the Capuchos, 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 Convent of the Capuchos to your Colares travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Colares road trip planner.
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  • We have been going there repeatedly to show visiting friends as this was one of our favorite places in the area. But lately, they started an in-depth maintenance program and the place is now...  more »
  • If you stay around this place it's worth to visit the Convento dos Capuchos. In the middle of a forest, especially nice on hot days, this place gives you very interesting insights how this monks...  more »
  • Really interesting and “adventurous”! You can really imagine what life must have been like for the monks from the convent, and it’s well preserved. Also you can hike through the hills and feel like an explorer!
  • Beautiful garden, nice walk around. Especially recommended on the hot summer days. Lots of scenery and shadow to cool down!
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