7 Centuries-Old Monasteries Redesigned as Luxury Hotels
From frugal monks to lavish jet-setters. These historic structures are now five-star destinations.
Who would of thought that really old religious buildings could be renovated into fabulous luxury hotels? It's a design trend that has swept from Europe to South America and includes ancient structures with unique stories to tell.
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If only the walls at the Convento Do Espinheiro hotel in Portugal could talk. There's a legend that the building originated after an apparition of the Virgin Mary appeared on a thorn bush in 1458. Religious leaders at the time decided that this location, about an hour outside of Lisbon, would be a destination for pilgrimages, a church and later a monastery. The church still stands and even hosted the Kings of Portugal and their dignitaries throughout the ages.
It turns out that the monks in Portugal, knew a thing or two about how to make wine and olive oil. The owners of the hotel turned the 15th-century wine cellar into a fine-dining destination called Divinus Restaurant. They also converted the ancient water cistern into a modern wine cellar shown below.
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