Portugal (Sintra)

of isolation and meditation, housing 12 Capuchin monks. It was founded in 1560 and was known to be the poorest monastery in the world, where the monks endured extreme hardships in their small cells. It is noteworthy for its architectural simplicity, its setting in the woodland of the Serra de Sintra, and the extensive use of cork in the interior. Adults €7, under 18 and over 65 €5.50. Buy Sintra is, unfortunately, very much a tourist trap where it comes to buying things. You will find an ample selection of typical Portuguese souvenirs in town, none of which can be considered very original for the region; similar items can

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