Changes to our services due to the pandemic: see Opening Times, Cafeterias and Stores (within Plan your visit) | 15 May 2021: Convent of the Capuchos closed on its regular opening times; traffic interruptions in Sintra due to the "Rali das Camélias" (see How to get there, within Plan your visit)
Four rooms opened onto the infirmary atrium, two of which were cells for the sick. In this section of the convent, there was also an Apothecary, a room that stored the medicines and similar, at the entrance of which there was a small brazier that served to boil water to make medicinal infusions and, eventually, to burn aromatic herbs to purify tainted airs.
In the same area of the convent used for treating illnesses of the body, there were also treatments for the spirit and the reason we find here the only room in the convent that has no windows. This room, designated the Penitential Cell, provided for a thorough withdrawal into darkness for meditation and reflection as, in darkness, there would be no disturbance by unwanted distractions.