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Entrance Lar de Santa Estefania

This is a small conventual church. The place of honor on the High Altar is a venerable statue of Our lady of Mt. Carmel (1704)

When the last surviving nun died in 1854, the convent was used by the Ministry of War as a military hospital.

Today, the 3rd order of Carmelites (a lay association) maintains watch over the site and are more than happy if you want to visit the upper choir (1 euro), other than that the visit is free and this is a perfect place to rest and reflect upon the good and glorious works of earlier times - as well as your great good fortune to be able to visit here and enjoy this tiny jewel of Portuguese patrimony.

To my understanding it houses now a religious institution that works as a children’s home named Lar de Santa Estefania.

 

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Taken on July 26, 2017