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There is a place where the tranquillity of Alentejo, the diversity of the countryside and the respect for heritage intersect, allowing a unique experience guided by the richness of the past, the authenticity of the region and the finesse of details that meet the 21st century needs.
Placed in Serra d’Ossa, between Estremoz and Redondo, the Convento de São Paulo is a true work of art, perfectly preserved where a collection of tiles worthy of a museum gallery is spread. The ancient cells of the monks, their corridors and fountains transport us to the 12th century in a perfect and unforgettable way, alongside their gardens and two swimming pools that cross into this historic space. A contemporary experience with haute cuisine, wines harmonization, four padel courts, a tennis court, bicycles and hiking programmes.
With a Clean & Safe seal, the Convento de São Paulo is the perfect destination for those looking forward to spending time in a safe haven and ground-breaking concept of a true museum and live the experience of the unique Alentejo.
Placed in Serra d’Ossa, between Estremoz and Redondo, the São Paulo Convent is now a sophisticated space and a must-visit. Built in 1182, in the heart of Alentejo, by the São Paulo Ermita Monk Order, it is one of the most iconic buildings of its time, once it still perfectly preserves some of its original features.
True legends of the Portuguese History walked through its rooms and corridors, such as D. Sebastião, D. João IV and D. Catarina de Bragança. A good example of that is the canvas restored by the National Museum of Ancient Art of Lisbon, placed in the Convent’s Library, which proofs that D. Sebastião’s visited this space, in the late 1577.
Stage of true stories and legends, the Convento de São Paulo becomes a unique destination, perfect for those looking for a place to rest and replace their energy, with maximum security and the recommended social distance.
Composed by several rooms and some annexes, the Convento de São Paulo has become the perfect haven away from big cities. The gardens and open spaces allow safe spaces to exist, without having to cross paths with other guests.
The walls of the Convento de São Paulo are made up by 54 thousand tiles. Known as the largest private collection in the country, the cobalt blue that covers the convent’s corridors and staircases date back to the reigns of D. João V (1706-1750) and D. José I (1750-1777), and shapes a monumental ensemble produced by the best workshops in Lisbon.
Part of this collection was commissioned by patrons for specific spaces in the Convent, such as those in Capela do Bispo where it is possible to recognize the signature of António de Oliveira Bernardes, or those in the Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, whose authorship belongs to Gabriel del Barco. However, most panels are the work of an unknown author, who only signed with the monogram of P.M.P and is behind an outstanding work of craftsmanship.
Fountains and Terracotta
The Florentine fountains are another icon of the Convent and can be found both inside and outside. The Lion Fountain, next to the main entrance, was a destination for pilgrimages for several years. In the Four Seasons Garden, lies the Fountain of the Dragon, classified as a National Monument. The Portaria Nova (New Entrance) is where it is possible to find the Fountain of Dolphins, which dates back to the second half of the 18th century. The Garden of Novices is another of the Convent’s iconic spaces. Also adorned with a fountain, the Terracotta features a highlighted position, with sculptures that can be found in its niches, from the 19th century.