This wild and rugged promontory is the westernmost edge of the ancient eruptive Serra da Sintra.
Convento dos CapuchosElyn Aviva
The Capuchos Convent, also known as the Cork Convent or the Convent of the Holy Cross of the Sintra Hills, was built in 1560.
“As I followed the path leading to the Capuchos Convent, I could feel myself slowing down inside and become more peaceful. I was surrounded by nature, but there was more going on than that. This a place of stillness. Not a dead, lifeless kind of stillness but a full kind of stillness, like a bird, cocking its head, listening for something. Like a friar deep in meditation. Like a smooth-surfaced pond before a raindrop strikes.” —Elyn
The Capuchos Convent, also known as the Cork Convent or the Convent of the Holy Cross of the Sintra Hills, was built in 1560. It is remarkable for its utilitarian austerity and its isolation in nature. St. Francis of Assisi (1181–1226) was the founder of the Order of Friars Minor, also known as the Franciscans. St. Francis is the patron saint of ecology and of animals because he loved all creatures equally.