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)
The water, sourced from a mine, would supply the convent after a journey along a four hundred metre long channel from two springs. This was then collected in the small reservoir located in the Washroom from where it was subsequently distributed. To the right, the water went into a small tank that enabled its collection, before later serving the cloister fountain. To the left, the water supplied the latrines. An infrastructure with these characteristics was highly unusual in a 16th century building given the lack of hygiene conditions and the expectations of the period. However, the friars perceived water as a means of purification.