Sintra National Palace

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Sintra National Palace featuring a sunset, a garden and tranquil scenes

Situated in the centre of Sintra, this medieval royal palace was classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

From the Moors to the nation’s first imperial dynasties, Sintra has always been one of the preferred places for Portugal’s rulers to build their royal palaces. And this one has to be one of the most impressive examples.

The 33 metre high conical chimneys of the Sintra National Palace are iconic symbols associated with Sintra. The design of the palace is an amalgamation of the various architectural styles favoured by the numerous resident kings; these include Gothic, Manueline, Moorsih and Mudejar, making it a very intriguing piece of architecture.

The interior of the palace has several remarkable, ornate rooms. The ‘Swans Hall’, the largest room in the palace, is adorned with twenty-seven gold collared swans. The Magpies Room is famous for its ceiling fresco, decorated by one hundred and thirty-six magpies, roses in their talons and an emblem inscribed with ‘for honour’ in their beaks. Apparently King John I had the room decorated with as many magpies as there were women in the court because they chattered like magpies, churning the rumour mill.

One of the rooms has a much darker history. There is only room that has a window covered with iron bars. When King Pedro II deposed his brother King Afonso VI on the grounds of his mentally instability, this is where he was imprisoned for the rest of his days.

An impressive and grand Portuguese palace with a storied history. Surely an attraction not to be missed.

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3 out of 5
Rua Dr Alfredo da Costa, 23, Sintra
The price is Rs5,815 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
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Lawrence's Hotel
Lawrence's Hotel
5 out of 5
Rua Consiglieri Pedroso, 38-40, Sintra
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The price is Rs11,469 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Located in the heart of Sintra, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Sintra Mountains and 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Sintra National Palace. Sao Martinho Church ...
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Tivoli Palácio de Seteais
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Rua Barbosa do Bocage, 8, Sintra
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