Palácio da Pena - Pena Palace, Sintra

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    Palacio da Pena

    by el_ruso Written Dec 24, 2005

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    This is a fairy tale palace, profoundly impressive yet light-hearted and whimsical. It was built in the 1840's by a German architect Escwege as a summer refuge of King Ferdinand and Queen Maria II, and was used by the royals all the way until the Republican revolution in 1910. It is an imitation Manueline architecture, complete with twisted columns, cartoonish statues and a Tower of Belem-like clock tower.

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    by quartinb Updated Oct 13, 2005

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    Pena Palace is outstanding. on top of Sintra's highest hill, it was built in the 19th century by Ferdinand of Saxe Coburg-Gotha, husband of Queen Maria II. he brought an architect from his homeland Bavaria to create this extravagant mixture of styles, in which romantic prevails - it is the most complete and notable example of Portuguese architecture in this period, built over the ruins of the former Monastery of Nossa Senhora da Pena. closed on Mondays. admition 4euros.
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    Pena Palace

    by smschley Written Mar 21, 2005

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    The best way to describe Sintra (Mountain of the Moon) is as Portugal’s’ fairy tale royal town. For five centuries the village was a summer refuge for the royalty of Portugal, escaping the heat and noise of the city. Lord Byron called Sintra, "perhaps the most delightful in Europe." Many others were equally impressed. Hans Christian Anderson visited in 1866 and said, "The most beautiful and most lauded part of Portugal is without doubt, Sintra."

    During the Moorish domination they built the Moorish Castle on the crest of the Serra and also, in the area called "Chão de Oliva", now Vila Velha (Old Town), the residence of the Moorish princes that was the origin of the Paço Real (Royal Palace). After the Christian Reconquest - Sintra surrendered to the army of Dom Afonso Henriques in 1147, a few days after Lisbon had fallen.

    In the reign of Dom Dinis (1279-1325) the town was given to Queen Isabel. Work was done to enlarge the Royal Palace and Sintra was given new life. After the crisis of 1383-1385, the town was granted autonomy and then began its golden age. At the start of the 16th Century, King Manuel ordered further improvements inspired by the Renaissance.



    10.00 - 17.00 (Winter). 10.00 - 18.30 (Summer)
    The sale of tickets ceases 30 minutes before closing time
    Closed Monday

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    Pena National Palace

    by bambino36 Updated Dec 7, 2004

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    Pena National Palace, Sintra

    This Palace is the best example of the portuguese Romantic architectonical style. It's located at 500m high on top of Serra de Sintra (Sintra Mountain) and was built by D. Fernando of Saxe Coburg-Gotha in 1840 over the ruins of an ancient convent.
    Pena National Palace is one of the country's most proud monuments. Many call it the crown due to its location on top of the mountain, where it receives visitors from everywhere in the world to testify the magnificence of a romantic construction and the history of a King's true love for art.

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    Palacio da Pena

    by chrissyalex Updated Oct 9, 2004

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    Pena Palace

    Palacio da Pena, also known as Castelo da Pena or Pena Palace is a very unique castle which stands on one of the rocky peaks of the Serra de Sintra. It is a very colorful mix of several different styles of architectures such as Moorish,Gothic and Renaissance,to name a few. The result is a tad bizarre, but it is impressive...especially with its picturesque setting and lovely views. There are also gardens with lakes you can visit ,if you wish.
    Dom Ferdinand II (husband of Queen Maria) hired a German architect to design this castle in the 1800's.
    You may take pictures around the castle on the outside, but are not allowed to take pictures inside the castle itself. You have to check your camera in.
    It is open 1000 to 1830 during peak-season.
    1000 to 1700 during off-season.
    It is closed on Mondays.
    Admission for the castle and gardens is 6 euros.
    It is free with the Lisboa Card.

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    Sintra, the mount of the moon (Cintia)

    by Branco Updated Jul 25, 2004

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    The Palacio da Pena dates back to 1839, when the King Consort Dom Fernando II of Saxe Coburg-Gotha (1816-1885) bought the ruins of the Monastery of Nossa Senhora da Pena and started to adapt it for use as a residence. It?s surrounded by a rich forest park and expresses the romantic taste and revivalism of Prince. Is the most complete and notable example of Portuguese architecture in the Romantic period. It stands on one of the rocky peaks of the Serra de Sintra. Initiated in1840, it impresses with its style and its contents which have turned this museum into a true ornamental art museum. It is located 4 km from the Historical Centre of Sintra and it is a perfect place to overlook Sintra but also the magnificent beaches, places and ocean.

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    Palácio da Pena

    by ptitetoile Written Jun 24, 2004

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    Palácio da Pena, or "Castelo da Pena" as it is more commonly known, is the most complete and notable example of Portuguese architecture in the Romantic period. It stands on one of the rocky peaks of the Serra de Sintra, and blends in a surprisingly fortunate manner with its natural background of greenery and crags, testifying to the aesthetic potentialities of the project.

    The Palace dates back to 1839, when the King Consort Dom Fernando II of Saxe Coburg-Gotha (1816-1885) bought the ruins of the Hieronymite Monastery of Nossa Senhora da Pena and started to adapt it for use as a residence, according to his Romantic taste.

    It is a castle like in your most romantic dreams... with round towers, lovely colors, a wonderful entrance hall...and green all around!!!!
    Inspiration sources were the castle of Bavaria, the Moorish, Gothic and Manueline motifs of Portuguese art and the Wagnerian spirit of the Schinkel Castles of Central Europe. A good mix...

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    Palácio da Pena

    by johnsakura Written Jan 30, 2004
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    Palácio da Pena, or "Castelo da Pena" as it is more commonly known, is the most complete and notable example of Portuguese architecture in the Romantic period. It stands on one of the rocky peaks of the Serra de Sintra, and blends in a surprisingly fortunate manner with its natural background of greenery and crags, testifying to the aesthetic potentialities of the project.

    The Palace dates back to 1839, when the King Consort Dom Fernando II of Saxe Coburg-Gotha (1816-1885) bought the ruins of the Hieronymite Monastery of Nossa Senhora da Pena and started to adapt it for use as a residence, according to his Romantic taste.
    As his director of the works, Baron von Eschwege put into effect the King's revivalist ideas and round the restored ruins of the monastery raised a majestic pastiche inspired by the palaces and castles of Bavaria. Fanciful to an extreme, the architectural fabric of Pena finds much of its inspiration in the Moorish, Gothic and Manueline motifs of Portuguese art, as well as in the Wagnerian spirit of the Schinkel Castles of Central Europe. It is to be noted that of the former 16th Century monastery there were preserved the Manueline cloister and the chapel, the latter with a celebrated Renaissance reredos by the sculptor Nicolau Chanterene.

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    Beautiful Castle

    by ncoutroulis Updated Oct 21, 2003
    Moor Castle

    The Moor castle in the hills above Sintra, simply shouldn't be missed. It's a great hike, if the weather cooperates, and a great way to spend an hour or two. You can drive part of the way,and then hike around this incredible castle that was built by the Moors in the 7th century. The grounds of the castle are beautiful as well, as it's built in a forest.

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    Pena Palace

    by salinhopt Written Sep 22, 2003

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    Sintra - Pena Palace

    Crowning the Serra de Sintra, as if it were a harmonious prolongation of the range itself, the picturesque and also fantastic Palace of Pena cannot help impressing the visitor. This supreme example of Portuguese romantic architecture is due to the magic materialisation of the dreams of a Prince of Bavaria, Ferdinand of Saxe Coburg-Gotha, husband of Queen Maria II. In 1839 he bought the ruins of the former Monastery of Nossa Senhora da Pena, built in 1503; he developed and enlarged them, with the collaboration of the Prussian engineer Ludwig von Eschwege, to achieve an extremely sensitive creation.

    Of note inside the Palace are the Renaissance retable by Nicolau Chanterenne (1529-1532), the exotic, richly worked furniture and the whole romantic atmosphere par excellence. Apart from its historical and museological importance, the Palace is host to concerts of classical music, exhibitions and historical plays.

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    the palace

    by ginguba Updated Jul 21, 2003

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    Pal��cio da Pena

    It's defenetly an "on the beaten path" tip, usually full of tourists, but still worthy. The Sintra Palace it's one of Sintra "icons". It stands on the very top of an hill. It's strange and beautifull. Last time i went there with some friends form abroad we couldn't be bothered in visiting the palace inside (it's cool but it takes ages), we visited the gardens which are really beautifull.
    As for it's architecture it's romantic with luxurious mix of exotic and medeivel styles.
    The palace is from 1839 when D.Fernando II from Saxe Coburgo-Gotha bought the ruins of a monastery to make it a palace within is romantic likes. For that he called the Baron von Eschwege who raised a majestic palace inspired by the palaces and castles of Bavaria. The most remarkable thing i find in it
    it's the way it blends perfectly with the surrouding nature even thought it's imponent structure and look.

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    Pena Palace

    by Sharon Updated Apr 6, 2003

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    the Castle of the Moors was built in the 8th or 9th century on the Sierra of Sintra. It was conquered by Dom Afonso Henriques in 1147 and later restored by the consort King Fernando of Saxe Coburg-Gotha.

    Close on Mondays.

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    Pena palace

    by TinKan Written Mar 29, 2003

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    Pena Palace

    Upon the hill over looking Sintra is the Pena Palace. The view from the palace is awesome as you can see Lisbon, Cascais and Marfa which is most of the area.

    The palace is very colorful and has many unique carvings that I think you will be impressed with.

    You can either walk to the palace, take the bus or the horse and carrage to th top.

    Check out the travelogue for pictures of the palace.

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    What a mix!

    by acemj Updated Mar 14, 2003

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    The Pena Palace blends Gothic, Manueline and Moorish architecture with the whimsical visions of a Bavarian castle and the result is truly breathtaking. Perched on a rocky peak of the Serra de Sintra, it blends in well with its natural surroundings and on a clear day provides tremendous views over Sintra and beyond. This scary looking stone carving is over one of the doorways on the outside of the palace.

    You have to check your bags when you enter the palace and there is no photography allowed on the inside, which has been left just as it was when Dom Ferdinand took his family and fled on the eve of a revolution in 1910. The highlight for me was an alabaster altarpiece in the chapel carved by Nicolas Chanterene. The alabaster appears so delicate that it's almost like you're looking at a giant piece of white butter! Unbelievable!

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    Tough to reach, but worth the effort

    by acemj Updated Mar 14, 2003

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    I took this shot from the Moorish Castle that sits just below the palace on a lower slope of the Serra de Sintra. You cannot drive up to the palace, but there is a bus that costs 3.50 Euros for a roundtrip from the Old Quarter of Sintra-Vila (wish we would have known that!).

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