Palácio Nacional de Sintra

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Palácio Nacional de Sintra Reviews

Liselore_Verschuren Liselore…
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Don't judge a book by its cover... Sep 16, 2010
The Palacio Nacional de Sintra is located in the middle of the old centre and therefore and excellent start for sightseeing in Sintra. It was built in assignment of king João I, and most of the palace today dates from the 15th and 16th century. Big eye catcher of this palace are the two huge chimneys that rise from the kitchen, they make the palace that from outside appears common and a bit run-down, look like an old fashioned factory.

The inside of the palace is spectacular however. The furniture, the ceilings, the rooms and especially the tiles on the walls are beautiful. It’s obvious this palace was the favorite summer residence of the Portuguese royal family well onto 1880.

Highlights of the tour through the palace are the Blazons Hall, the Magpie Room (with magpies painted on the wooden ceiling) and the Manueline Hall.
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davidx says:
I asked about steps - they told me - sadly, I gave up!
Posted on: Feb 18, 2011
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Vipin Vipin
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One for the architecture lovers Dec 06, 2010
The national palace is located in the heart of Sintra and has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The palace dates back from the medieval period and has continually been the residence for rulers. As a consequence, there is a mixture of architectural styles, and the Arabic, Gothic and Manueline styles are evident throughout the building.

The palace is really nicely laid out. The rooms are very memorable too:

- Pegas’s Room has these magpies on the walls. King John I had it decorated as such because his wife caught him kissing a lady in waiting. In order to combat the gossip that ensued, the King had the same number of magpies painted on the walls to match the number of women at court.

- The Swann's Room has these wonderful swans painted on the ceiling.

- I forget the name of the room now, but there is this wonderful room with a dining table in the middle and its ceiling is covered with the crests of the Portuguese nobility. A tad over the top, but very impressive nonetheless.

- the kitchens have these amazing industrial sized pots and pans too.


Entrance price is 7 Euros. If you are visiting Sintra, this is one of the top sites you should definitely consider.
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Chokk says:
A beautiful place indeed
Posted on: Dec 28, 2010

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