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Infograph on the interior areas of the Convent.
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1. Courtyard of the Crosses
This is the courtyard that leads to the convent, its name deriving from the three crosses representing Golgotha, where Christ was crucified. Read more [+]

2. Porch/Entrance to the Convent
The entrance porch was also used as a reception area for welcoming pilgrims. Read more [+]

3. The Door of Death
This is the door in the left corner of the porch, surmounted by a skull and crossbones. It symbolises death for the life that is being left behind, and rebirth for the new life that will start inside the convent. It is the normal entrance to the convent.

4. Chapel of the Passion of Christ
An 18th-century Chapel which is entered through the door to the right of the porch. Its walls are lined with blue-and-white tiles depicting the Passion of Christ.

5. Church
The convent’s church stands opposite the Chapel of the Passion of Christ, and is entered through the door to the left of the porch. The marble altar, with stone inlays of various colours, was a gift from the Castro family, the patrons of the convent. Along with the memorial stone referring to the foundation of the monastery, which can also be seen inside the Church, it is the only luxury object to be found in the convent. Read more [+]

6. Choir
Situated at the top of the stairs to the left of the altar, this room was used as the choir and as a sacristy where important visitors were received. Read more [+]

7. Corridor of the Cells/Dormitory
After passing though the choir door, visitors enter the convent’s more private area, which was used only by the eight resident friars. Read more [+]

8. Refectory
Originally, this space had no table at all. The granite slab that came to fulfil this function was a gift offered at a later date by Cardinal King Henrique. Read more [+]

9. Kitchen
This space has an oven and other facilities that were necessary for the preparation and cooking of food. It was equipped with a system designed to collect the water used to wash the dishes and other utensils so that it could later be used for watering the vegetable gardens. Read more [+]

10. Novice’s Cell
This space was set aside for candidates wishing to enter the religious community, being located in the hall leading to the cloister and kept separate from the corridor of the cells. Read more [+]

11. Washroom
This room contains a cistern, a vat and latrines. Read more [+]

12. Library
A spacious room that is ventilated and illuminated with a reasonable amount of natural light. The whereabouts of the books that were kept here is not known, following the closure of the convent in the 19th century. Read more [+]

13. Infirmary
Four rooms open onto the hall of the infirmary: two cells for the sick, a pharmacy and a small windowless room that was used to treat those who were sick in spirit (Penitential Cell). Read more [+]

14. Penitential Cell
This room was designed to be used for seclusion and isolation in the dark, allowing time for meditation and profound reflection.

15. Guests’ Lodgings
Two cells that were used as accommodation for visitors, especially those of a religious nature. They were more spacious and more comfortable than all the other rooms. Read more [+]

16. Upper Room
Situated at the top of the stairs beginning at the end of the infirmary corridor, this room was probably intended for the use of illustrious guests seeking some moments of private retreat at the convent.

17. Chapter House
A circular room where the community met. In the niche, there was a statue of Our Lady of the Sorrows made of Ançã limestone. Read more [+]

18. Exit
The door that leads to the cloister.

19 and 20. Cloister and Chapel or Hermitage of Our Lord in Gethsemane
Surrounded by dense woodland, the cloister has remained unchanged since the early 19th century.
The Chapel’s original façade displays frescoes of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Anthony of Lisbon and Padua, painted by André Reinoso (17th-century). Read more [+]

21. Grain Store
This space, which was used to store provisions for the convent, was probably built as a result of the increase in donations, which amounted to more than was actually required for the purposes of internal consumption. It was undoubtedly normal practice to share this food with the poor and with pilgrims visiting the convent.

22. Herbarium
A laboratory for medicinal plants, where there is still a set of braziers that would have been used in their preparation.

23. Cork Oak
A native species, whose bark was used to extract the cork that lined the walls of the convent and protected it against damp. This form of cladding earned the convent the name of the Cork Convent in the late 18th century, arousing the interest of the many visitors that have described this monastery over the centuries.

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