Mosteiro de São Bernardo

Alto Alentejo

Dating from the 16th century, this striking monastery has some exquisite azulejos and a serene cloister. It’s set inside a GNR (Portugal’s military police) headquarters, but don’t be intimidated. The staff working the gate will open the church for you and take you on a walk around the cloister. Just don’t expect much in the way of commentary.

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