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Parques De Sintra Convento Dos Capuchos
Points of Interest

Convent of the Capuchos

Parques De Sintra Convento Dos Capuchos Alpendre

In the convent entrance Porch, the symbolic language of the scant decorative features exhibits, in a unique fashion, the orientations for the lives of these men.

 

On the wooden wall cross at the back of the porch, we can still make out, even if already deeply faded, a painting of a crucified man wearing the brown Franciscan habit, with its pointed hood and with rope serving as a belt.

 

The three knots on the cord symbolise the three vows these men took: poverty, obedience and chastity. This image depicts the founder of the Franciscan Order, St. Francis of Assisi, also renowned as the "Alter Christus", that is, the "Other Christ".