Palace Central, called Sintra

So far, we’ve only spent one day in Sintra, making inroads on a single palace, the National Palace of Sintra. The Palace dates from the 14th century and has been updated and remodeled over the centuries. The ceilings appear the oldest style, painted boards, yet what boards! There are magpies,  swans, mermaids and a fleet of sailing ships.

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Later, ceilings were carved and gilded, and walls covered with tile.

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5.8.16 Sintra-010Furnishings were elaborate.

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The exterior was as decorative as the interior.

5.8.16 Sintra-006The vast kitchen is in the process of being restored.

5.8.16 Palacio Sintra-011smHaving completed our tour, we admired the exterior that features two large chimneys from the kitchen.

The two kitchen chimneys are in the rear in this photo.
The two kitchen chimneys are in the rear in this photo.

That leaves us with the Moorish Castle (Castelo dos Mouros), just above Sintra



Then there’s the Palacio Nacional de Pena,

Palacio da Pena, Portugal-General view of the castle

the castle in the Parque de Monserrate,

monserrate5-claudia-almeidaand nearby, the Palacio de Mafra.

palacio_mafra2On the way back toward Lisbon is the Palacio de Queluz.

Palacio-Nacional-de-QueluzThat’s a LOT of palaces, and will take several days to visit. You could easily spend a day at each one. Palace overload comes on pretty rapidly considering each of these is enormous and most are full of Portuguese tile, sculpture, architecture, and gardens in addition to objects from Europe and former Portuguese possessions, especially Goa.

Portugal, land of castles, especially around Sintra.

Here’s a surprising piece of tile work that we saw in the Palacio Nacional in Sintra. It’s a bit ahead of Escher.

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Published by winifredcreamer

I am a retired archaeologist and I like to travel, especially to places where you can walk along the shore or watch birds. My husband Jonathan and I travel for more than half the year every year, seeing all the places that we haven't gotten to yet.

One thought on “Palace Central, called Sintra

  1. The Sintra palace is one of my all time favorites. WE stayed nearby. You will have to do Palace of the day the way we often do church of the day or mosque of the day. Otherwise you get overloaded. At the end of Bali I was on temple of the day…


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