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“hodgepodge of style”

Park and National Palace of Pena
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“hodgepodge of style”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

The guidebooks are spot on when they say the palace is a mix of any number of styles. It's eccentric and neat to see because it was lived in for so long (and until quite recently) that there is a different feel from others that are ruins. The surrounding gardens are very peaceful and a great place to pick a spot and eat a picnic lunch.

Visited August 2013
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“A renovation of this place is necessary”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Probably the most important attraction in Sintra, however we were impressed by the degradation of the entire building.

The pictures found on the Internet were so bright, yet there reality is totally different.

On the inside the rooms are nice, but nothing very impressive. We consider that at 50 EUR/ticket (combined with the National Palace and the Moor's Castle) was overpriced.

What is the most impressive is the location (a natural reservation which is very quite and green)

Visited September 2013
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“Gorgeous”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

19th century grounds that include many walking paths used by the monarchy over the years. There is a pond which has a pair of white swans and a pair of black swans which I understand are very rare. Very beautiful and worth a trip.

Visited August 2013
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“A must see day trip from Lisbon”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

One morning we breakfast and head to the 19th century Rossio Railway Station at the bottom of Avenida da Liberdade near the Praca Dom Pedro IV on Rossio square to take a romantic train ride through the countryside of Portugal to do a day trip in Sintra.

Sintra is a beautiful little destination town known for its romantic era 19th century landscapes. It looks like something out of an animated Disney movie.

In 1809 Lord Byron wrote to his friend Francis Hodgson, “I must just observe that the village of Cintra in Estremadura is the most beautiful in the world.”

The town on the foothills of the Sintra Mountains is about 18 km from the Atlantic. The town was built in the 11th century below an 8th century castle built by the Moors. There is a large national park there called Pena which has royal grounds and within the park is the Palace of Pena built by King Consort Fernando II (this is even after Lord Byron’s comment) which kick started a romantic period of architecture in the region during the 1800′s. We decided to have lunch first and then hike up the mountain 2km to the palace which has become a world heritage site.

The Palace of Pena was built under Dom Fernando II who married the Queen of Portugal, Dona Maria II, and thus became King Consort. In something that resembles season two of Game of Thrones, Maria became queen when her grandfather died and her father, the Emperor of Brazil, did not want to reunite with Portugal again so he set up his brother, her uncle, Miguel who she also had to marry. She was only 7 at the time. Miguel double crossed her on returning to Portugal and set himself up as king and began a reign of terror. She went to refuge in other courts in Europe and then her father went to war against Miguel, his brother, and after five years Miguel abdicated and she was put on the throne.

The palace became the summer residences of the royal family of Portugal for much of the 19th century. It was on the original site of a chapel built in the Middle Ages, contracted after an apparition of the Virgin Mary. A monastery was later built in the 1400′s. The great earthquake of Lisbon in 1755 devastated the monastery except for the chapel, including its alabaster and marble carvings by Nicolau Chanterene which are still there.

It truly is breathtaking.

see http://dainehring.com for more detail.

Visited August 2013
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“Nature at its best”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

The park has a white bus (2 euros) that takes you to all the interesting places in the park for all the people that do not want to walk in this amazing park. Do not forget to visit the chalet and garden of the countess of Edla. It will take you more than 6 hours to explore the park and palace.

Visited August 2013
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