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Pena National Palace

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Pena National Palace is probably considered the most beautiful attraction in whole country and one of the major castles in Europe. Most people are not aware, but Disney was somewhow inspired on this castle, because of Neuschwanstein Castle in Baviera.

Actually, UNESCO considers the whole landscape of Sintra as World Heritage Site, yet the crown gem is the Royal Pena National Palace. Considered the best case of nineteenth century Romanticism on the planet, the royal residence of the Portuguese Kings sprawls on a peak high above Sintra, and can frequently be seen from Lisbon, 17 miles away. Charged by then-King Ferdinand II on the site of a destroyed fifteenth century monastery and finished in 1854, the whimsical red-and-yellow castle is an intriguing blend of Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish and Renaissance architecture styles.

Planned by mining engineer and novice designer Baron Wilhelm Ludwig von Eschwege as a summer residence for the imperial family, the inside of Pena Palace elements fancy stuccos, multi-designed segments, Moorish-curved roofs, and a great part of the first religious community’s church. The outside is decorated with figurative carvings, references to Biblical stories and religious symbols, and in addition luxuriously painted Portuguese tiles. The most finish perspective of the royal residence complex, including a gigantic, turreted clock-tower, can be witnessed from the Queen’s Terrace.

Encompassing the royal residence is the 200-hectares of the Pena Park and forest, a natural muddle of trees and plants from around the world. Fitting for a nation knowledgeable in sea bound investigation, trees and plants here hail from China, Australia, New Zealand, North America and the sky is the limit from there. The mixed way of this amassed woodland uplifts the fascinating impression of the royal residence, finishing the Romantic picture.

Portugal ousted its last royals in 1910, and the castle has been a national landmark and gallery from that point forward. Alongside its neighboring scene, Pena Palace was proclaimed an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

Official Website of Pena Palace
Daily Guided Tours to Pena Palace

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