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“Stunning Palace”

Sintra National Palace
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The National Palace of Sintra, located in the historic town centre, was inhabited for nearly eight centuries by the Portuguese monarchy and its court. It was much used, particularly during the Middle Ages, as a hunting retreat and as a refuge from outbreaks of disease in the capital, or as a summer resort, thanks to the town's more agreeable climate.
Portland, Oregon
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“Stunning Palace”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2014

What is wonderful about Portuguese palaces is the lack of that gaudy gilt work everywhere. Instead, they have the most beautiful tile and woodwork. They are amazing! We were here in January and there is something to be said for off season travel - we had the entire place to ourselves on a Sunday. We could linger in all the rooms, really look at the ornate furniture and exquisite tile work. The palace is beyond beautiful.

Visited January 2014
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“Charming Summer Palace”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2014

Great place to start a tour of Sintra, which is absolutely stunning. Palace is very "homely" and I had no problem imagining the royal family living there during the summer. The little terraces were cute with little fountains, pretty little gardens and the large windows facing in all directions would have kept everyone nice and cool in the heat. The kitchens were amazing and I particularly liked the slide show of old pictures and drawings near the huge fireplace in the main hall.

Visited January 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2014

One of the many attractions in Sintra. You can spend an hour or two wandering through the place and there is plenty to see. Furniture, paintings, household items etc. The kitchen is huge and unusual with the large chimneys.

Visited January 2014
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“Worth visiting when in Sintra; the kitchen is unique”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2014

The palace is worth a visit when in Sintra; nothing is particularly grand, but that in itself is instructive to consider, given Portugal's imperial past. The famous chimneys are in fact one with the ceiling of the royal kitchens. I am not sure what the stylistic progenitors are, but they are quite the sight.

Visited October 2013
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“Great starting point”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2014

We started our visit here and bought the multiple site pass which was a great idea as it saves a few euros but really can save you time by not waiting in lines for tickets. Very impressive palace with lots of tile work, interesting flooring, and ceiling work. Beautiful furniture. A definite yes on the visit list. I would plan about an hour to 2 hours depending on crowds.

Visited December 2013
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