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Arrabida Monastery

Arrabida Monastery

Built on 1542 by Frei Martinho de Santa Maria, this monastery is hidden between the lush vegetation of the Arrabida Hills in Setubal.

Used by religious orders in the past, it has the “old monastery” with some rooms built inside the rocks and the “new monastery” where later was built the kitchen, library, watch tower and other rooms. the five round towers were probably used for meditation.

At the entrance is a statue of a Brother Martinho, above a globe of the world, blindfolded and arms spread to form a cross, mouth sealed and treading on a snake, a protest against the plundering of the monks.

The monastery is currently owned by the Orient Foundation, with many cultural events taking place and visited by appointment only.

We invite you spend some of your vacations and holidays time visiting Arrábida Hills.

We invite you to visit Setubal and to visit  Portugal.

Contact us if you wish to know more information about the Arrabida Monastery.

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