18 Mar 2007 • 2,666 views
Capuchin Monastery, Sintra.
At the entrance to the Capuchin Monastery (Convento dos Capuchos)
at Sintra, in Portugal, hangs this bell. I'm sure that many children visiting the Monastery take advantage of the rope to see if it still sounds.
The monastery is a magical place, deep in woodland. We visited it on an overcast but bright day.
There is limited information on the 'net, but Virtual Tourist, Portugal
says this :-"This little monastery, constructed amid the rocks of Sintra in fulfilment of a vow by Dom Álvaro de Castro (1560), its cells and dependencies lined with cork, is a wonderful example of Christian austerity in its simplicity of decoration and meagre materials and space. The little chapel, the refectory, the living quarters, almost troglodyte in dimension, are cut into the crags, and underline the intention of meditation inherent in the project. In the chapel are to be noted the altar with inlay work, some 17th Century frescos by André Reinoso and an 18th Century frontispiece of azulejos, the last named in the outer chapel."
I will share more of the Monastery as part of my "Sunday" pictures.If you have a spare moment, please visit my vfxy.
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