Chelas Convent Cloisters

A cloister makes its debut for Jardins Abertos

Open on days:

22 29

10:00 — 18:00

Largo de Chelas 210

* Self-guided visit subject to capacity limit

For the first time in Jardins Abertos, you are invited to walk through this wonderful cloister lined with tiles dating from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, admiring its central pond, box hedges and the two imposing Canary Island date palms.

The word ‘garden’ can be traced back to a Germanic word meaning ‘closed’. Garden historians tell us that the idea of an open garden is a relatively recent one: the Greeks and Romans cultivated their gardens in the interior patios of their homes, while in Islamic societies gardens were also kept between walls. Drawing influence from these various cultures, Christians would go on to build small gardens at the heart of their monasteries, providing a secluded space for relaxation and contemplation.

On what is today the Estrada de Chelas we find the Convento de São Félix e Santo Adrião, which dates back to the time of the Visigoths. Inside, there is a beautiful cloister waiting to be discovered.

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