Palácio Nacional de Sintra - National Palace of Sintra, Sintra

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    Wonderful tiles & fireplace
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    NATIONAL PALACE - BLAZONS HALL

    by LoriPori Updated Jun 24, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Built by King Manuel BLAZONS HALL or Sala dos Brasos, has magnificent wooden coffered domed ceilings. This room was by far the most splendid and one of my favourites. Tiles were specially made for the King in Seville. Tile Panels bear Islamic motifs and lend an Arab feeling to many of the rooms.
    The sign in Blazons Hall reads:
    "The ceiling in carved gilded woodwork is crowned by the Royal Coats-of-Arms and is surrounded by the Armorial bearings of seventy-two noble families. Late 17th to early 18th century panels of painted tiles depict courtly and hunting scenes."

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    NATIONAL PALACE - MAGPIE ROOM

    by LoriPori Written Jun 24, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The MAGPIE ROOM or Sala das Pegas, named this as Magpies (Pegas) are painted on the ceiling. The birds have the words "por bem" (for honour) coming out of their beaks.
    The sign for the Magpie Room reads:
    "The only room to have retained its original name since the 15th century. Dexcribed by King Duarte as the Chamber of State, it was here that notables were received."

    There is also a story behind the painted magpies. This relates to the story that King John I was caught in the act of kissing a lady-in-waiting by his Queen Philippa of Lancaster. To put a stop to all the gossip, he had the room decorated with as many magpies as were women at the court.

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    NATIONAL PALACE - MANUELINE HALL

    by LoriPori Written Jun 24, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The MANUELINE HALL or Sala Manuelina is the "Main Hall of Royal Residence built by Manuel I at the beginning of 16th century."

    King Manuel ordered the construction of the Ala Manulina (Manuel's Wing), which is to the right of the main facade and is decorated with typical Manueline windows. King Manuel also redecorated most rooms of the Palace with polychromed tiles specially made for him in Seville. These multicoloured tiles bear Islamic motifs and lend an Arab feeling to many of the rooms.
    This room is definitely splendid and regal and one of my favourite rooms.

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    NATIONAL PALACE - PALATINE CHAPEL

    by LoriPori Written Jun 24, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The PALATINE CHAPEL or Capela Palatina dates from the 14th century but was altered in the 15th and restored in the 1930's. Islamic influences remain in the decorated ceiling and ceramic tile floor. The Christian chapel may even have been a mosque in an earlier incarnation.

    A sign for the Palatine Chapel reads:
    "The Chapel was built during tthe reign of King Dinis, at the beginning of the 14th century but underwent a number of alterations during the course of the 15th. The decorated ceiling, showing Islamic influences, the ceramic tile carpet and the wall frescoes."

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    BLAZONS HALL - PANELS OF PAINTED TILES

    by LoriPori Updated Jun 24, 2009

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    Painted Tile Panel depicting the Hunt
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    Favorite thing: Built by King Manuel BLAZONS HALL or Sala dos Brasos, has magnificent wooden coffered domed ceilings. This room was by far the most splendid and one of my favourites. Tiles were specially made for the King in Seville. Tile Panels bear Islamic motifs and lend an Arab feeling to many of the rooms.
    The sign in Blazons Hall reads:
    "The ceiling in carved gilded woodwork is crowned by the Royal Coats-of-Arms and is surrounded by the Armorial bearings of seventy-two noble families. Late 17th to early 18th century panels of painted tiles depict courtly and hunting scenes."

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    BEDCHAMBER OF KING SEBASTIAN

    by LoriPori Written Jun 24, 2009

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    Bedchamber of King Sebastian
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    Favorite thing: A sign in the BEDCHAMBER OF KING SEBASTIANor Quarto de D. Sebastiao reads:

    "Called the Gold Chamber at the beginning of the 15th century, due to decoration which has since disappeared. It was used as a bedchamber by King Sebastian at the end of the 16th century. The tile wall covering consisting of raised vine leaves dating from the beginning of the 16th century, is quite unique."

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    NATIONAL PALACE - SWAN HALL

    by LoriPori Written Jun 24, 2009

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    Ceiling of Swan Hall
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    Favorite thing: In Manueline style SWAN HALL or Sala dos Cisnes, named because of the swans painted on the ceiling.
    Sign for Swan Hall reads:
    "Original Grand Hall of Royal residence of Joao I, built at the beginning of the 15th century. During the reign of Manuel I it was designated Hall of the Princes. The tile revetment and ceiling date from this period, but were restored following the earthquake of 1755"

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    NATIONAL PALACE - KITCHEN

    by LoriPori Written Jun 24, 2009

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    Favorite thing: A most interesting section of the Palace is the KITCHEN or Cozinha.
    Originally separated from the Palace, it was built by Joao I in the first half of the 15th century. The two great conical chimneys are quite unique and can be seen for miles around. They help ventilate the Kitchen. The Kitchen had rows of copper pots displayed. In the middle there was a huge slab of marble, used to butcher the meat that was to be cooked for the evening meal.

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  • Interesting to see.........even the kids liked it!

    by dogwoman Written Apr 29, 2003

    Favorite thing: So much to do and see in this town. The National Palace of Sintra is well worth a visit. Well restored,the Coat of Arms room will take your breath away! Amazing hand painted tiles everywhere and you can look up the huge white chimneys that dominate the town views. You can get tours, we didn't and enjoyed going round at our own pace. Most languages seemed to be catered for in the tours. Then, afterwards, you can come out and go to any of the many cafes and restaurants near by.

    Fondest memory: The beautiful buildings, the striking hand painted tiles, the hospitality of the people and the views.

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