Photographer's Note

One of the chambers of the Convento dos Capuchos, a Capuchin monastery founded in 1560. It is also known as the Cork Convent, because, as it can be also seen here, the monks used cork for thermal insulation.

The convent is located in the woods around Sintra, and it is completely disconnected from the outside world, it, even today, feels as if one entered a different world entirely.

As it can be seen here, there are LEDs showing the path to the visitor, as the space is so narrow and confined, that unless there is a very orderly progression through the convent, there can be very difficult bottlenecks.

Unfortunately, the monastery's humbling and unique atmosphere did not stop truly revoltingly idiotic tourists from carving their names into the various walls and surfaces, the (if we dare to call them) engravings can be found everywhere.

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