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The Definative Guide to Sintra's Pena Palace



Sintra's Pena National Palace is a 19th-century Romanticist palace located in the town of Sintra, Portugal. Some think it is spelled "Peña palace" - but it is not. As a must see Portuguese monument,  here's what you need to know:

History: The palace was built between 1842 and 1854 on the ruins of an old monastery by King Ferdinand II. The palace was designed by the German architect Wilhelm Ludwig von Eschwege and is a masterpiece of Romantic architecture.

Architecture: The palace is a mix of styles, including Neo-Gothic, Neo-Manueline, Neo-Islamic, and Neo-Renaissance. The palace is painted in vibrant colors, including red, yellow, and blue, which makes it stand out in the green forest that surrounds it.

Interior: The interior of the palace is decorated with luxurious furnishings, tapestries, and works of art. Visitors can explore the many rooms of the palace, including the Throne Room, the Arab Room, the Noble Room, and the Chapel.

Surroundings: The palace is located in the Pena Park, which is a lush forested area with many trails and gardens. Visitors can also see other attractions in the park, including the Pena National Palace, the Moorish Castle, and the Chalet of the Countess of Edla.

Visiting: The palace is open to visitors every day, except for some holidays. Visitors can purchase tickets online or at the palace entrance. It is recommended to arrive early in the morning to avoid crowds and to wear comfortable shoes for walking around the palace and park.

UNESCO World Heritage Site: In 1995, the Pena Palace was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the rest of the cultural landscape of Sintra.

Sintra's Pena Palace is a unique and enchanting palace that offers visitors a glimpse into the romanticism and extravagance of the 19th century.


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