The town hall is the first thing that catches your eye as you walk from the train station.
The National Palace was was extensively used by the nobility of Portugal between the 15th and 19th centuries and born witness to the growth of the country and the incredible world wide navigation and exploration. Imagine living in a town that was the epicenter of some of the most fantastic news of "The New World." The Palace’s most distinctive exterior features are the two huge chimneys that extend from the kitchens. While inside the state rooms reflect the extensive history of the palace.
|The Palace of Sintra. The residence of the Portuguese royal family circa 12th century.|
|The Swan room..|
|These are the chimneys that channel smoke from the kitchen|
|Several cielings are adorned with the most fantastic ornimentation|
Pena Palace is the best attraction of Sintra. This 19th century palace was designed by a king who was passionate about the arts and wished his royal retreat to reflect that of an opera. The exterior is painted vivid colors, with decorative towers and battlements and statues of mythological creatures.
|I took this pic from the castle wall of the old Moor ruins|
|The main entrance to Palacio da Pena|
|Amazing colors create a surreal experience|
|King Ferdinand II built this amazing palace in the 1800's|
|Details like this carving abound|
|Frescoe like sea shells and broken tile|
|Typical interior furnishings|
|Ornate carvings everywhere!|
The Quinta da Regaleira is a decorative stately home but the main attractions are the elaborate grounds. The gardens are filled with mystic symbolism and hidden features which include secret tunnels, Gothic towers and stone fortified walls. How many can you spot?
|The tiles are unique and expertly placed|
|Can you see the mirror in the library?|
|A remote chapil|
|The artistry in the glass work is still vivd|
|The alter is ornate and crafted exquisite detail everywhere|
|The structure is unlike anything I have ever seen|
Monserrate Palace’s styling was strongly influenced by the North African and Indian designs and was constructed and owned by three notable Englishmen, who used the house as a summer retreat. The house has wonderful intricate carved details and the high vantage point provides wonderful vistas over the carefully arranged gardens.
|Yet another surreal structure|
|Inside the chapil|
|Along the hallway|
|The West wing...|
|A happy gargoyle...|
|The East Wing|
|Mid level in the center of the building|
|The center dome|
|Guest rooms flow from the second floor around the cupola|
|The back yard...|
|India was the inspiration for the architectural details...|
|AND Sintra is a wired town!|
|The Palace of Sintra again...|
I hope you all enjoyed the pics, Sintra is like a trip to another world. A surreal town unlike any other we have every seen. The world is full of amazing places - and this is one of them. If you every get the chance to visit Sintra please do. I hope you find it as wonderful as we did! If we could figure out a way to live here we surly would! Beautiful, delightful, fantastical and a bit mystical - immersed in history and culture - Sintra.
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