The Monastery of Santa Maria de Flor da Rosa

The headquarters of The Order of Malta was established in Crato in the 14C and in the 15C D. Álvaro Gonçalves Pereira (1360-1431), the Prior, established a monastery/castle in nearby Flor da Rosa. The buildings have now been restored and extended to create a Pousada – it was a privilege to stay in this magical place.

The Tower and Church of the original buildings at Flor da Rosa

The Tower and Church of the original buildings at Flor da Rosa

The rear of the buildings, with the Church and the old living quarters

The rear of the buildings, with the Church and the old living quarters

Pousada surrounded by pine forests

Pousada surrounded by pine forests

An old stairway alongside the cloisters, Flor da Rosa

An old stairway alongside the cloisters, Flor da Rosa

Outside stair

Outside stairs

The tomb of the founder in the Chapel.

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