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Charles Fréderic de Merveilleux, "Memórias instrutivas sobre Portugal 1723-1726", in O Portugal de D. João V visto por três estrangeiros

There are two things I have that greatly please me El Escorial and the Capuchos Convent

Filipe II of Spain (I of Portugal), Letters from Filipe II to his daughters, 1581-1585

Convent of the Capuchos

A Franciscan convent built in direct contact with nature and in keeping with a philosophy of extreme architectural and decorative simplicity. The Capuchos Convent is extremely small in size, being notable for the great poverty of its construction. It is also known as the “Cork convent” because of the extensive use of cork in the protection and decoration of its tiny spaces. Its rustic appearance and great austerity are indissociable from the surrounding vegetation, since the building is completely integrated into the natural environment, to the extent that enormous granite boulders have been incorporated into its construction.

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Restoration work on the facades, masonry and tiles of the National Palace of Pena successfully completed

The “Old Palace”, following the restoration work. ©PSML | Wilson Pereira In January, Parques de Sintra fully completed the restoration of the facades of the National Palace of Pena. The intervention, that counted on investment of around €300,000, involved two years…

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The “Old Palace”, following the restoration…

The “Old Palace”, following the restoration…

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“King Ferdinand and his Bavaria" in the Great Hall of the Palace of Pena

Soloists Ana Franco, Carolina Figueiredo, Bruno Almeida, João Merino and the pianist João Paulo Santos. The fourth and final evening of the cycle “Musical Evenings at the Palace of Pena”, entitled “King Ferdinand and his Bavaria”, takes places on 14 February.…

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Soloists Ana Franco, Carolina Figueiredo, Bruno…

Soloists Ana Franco, Carolina Figueiredo, Bruno…

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2015 to see €2.8 million investment in restoring the Palace of Queluz

Robillion staircase before restoration. ©PSML | Wilson Pereira In January, Parques de Sintra launched the interventions necessary to the restoration of the National Palace and Gardens of Queluz with total investment rising to around €2.8 million. The work planned for the…

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‘Elise Hensler: Queen of Pena’ musical evening in the Great Hall at the Palace of Pena

Cristiana Oliveira (soprano); João Paulo Santos (piano); Paulo Guerreiro (trumpet); Nuno Pereira (baritone). The third evening in the cycle ‘Musical Evenings at the Palace of Pena’, entitled ‘Elise Hensler: Queen of Pena’, will take place on 31 January. It includes a…

Cristiana Oliveira (soprano); João Paulo Santos…

Cristiana Oliveira (soprano); João Paulo Santos…

Cristiana Oliveira (soprano); João Paulo Santos…

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Google maps the interiors of the Palaces of Sintra

In partnership with Parques de Sintra, Google has recently made some additions to its Google Maps collection by adding the Palaces of Pena, Sintra, Queluz and Monserrate to its Indoor Maps function and thus making it possible for any Google Maps (whether via computer or…

In partnership with Parques de Sintra, Google has recently made…

In partnership with Parques de Sintra, Google has recently made…

In partnership with Parques de Sintra, Google has recently made…

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Parques de Sintra notches up a 13% year-on-year rise in 2014 visitor numbers

Over the course of 2014, the parks and monuments under the management of Parques de Sintra welcomed just short of two million visits (1,928,000) representing a 13% increase on the previous year. Of this total, the Park and National Palace of Pena remained the single…

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Over the course of 2014, the parks and monuments under…

Over the course of 2014, the parks and monuments under…

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The Sintra Camellia and Orchid Exhibition

Over the weekend of 21st and 22nd February, Parques de Sintra is hosting the exhibition “Camellias and Orchids in Sintra”, in partnership with APC – the Portuguese Camellia Association and COP – the Orchidiphile Club of Portugal. The exhibition, with free entry, takes place in…

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Over the weekend of 21st and 22nd February, Parques de…

Over the weekend of 21st and 22nd February, Parques de…

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Evening of “Exoticisms” in the Great Hall of the Palace of Pena

The second event in the cycle “Musical Evenings in the Palace of Pena” takes place on 10th January, is entitled “Exoticisms” and features a concert bringing together the soprano Dora Rodrigues, the tenor Mário Alves, the baritone Luís Rodrigues and the pianist João Paulo Santos,…

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The second event in the cycle “Musical Evenings in the…

The second event in the cycle “Musical Evenings in the…

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Co-financing approved for 5 Parques de Sintra projects

Parques de Sintra has recently received the approval of its application for the co-financing of five projects: four projects applying to POR Lisbon (Regional Operational Program) and one candidate project under PRODER (Rural Development Program), all taking place in 2015 and mostly in the first…

Parques de Sintra has recently received the approval of its…

Parques de Sintra has recently received the approval of its…

Parques de Sintra has recently received the approval of its…

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Life at the Cork Convent

A journey into the past in which the principles of Franciscan conventual life that have determined how this convent was built in the 16th century. Along the visit, participants will meet “brothers” Georgino and Simião whose pleasant, warm and educational presence shall be the ideal company…

A journey into the past in which the principles of…

A journey into the past in which the principles of…

A journey into the past in which the principles of…

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