Pena National Palace
This palace is the most remarkable example of Portuguese Romantic architecture. Built at approximately 500 metres above sea level, it goes back to 1839, when the prince consort D. Fernando II of Saxe-Coburg bought the ruins of the Hieronymus Monastery of Our Lady of Pena and began to make it into a small palace. To oversee the work, he called Baron Eschwege. Extremely fanciful, Pena’s architecture uses Moorish, Gothic and Manueline motifs.
Sintra National Palace
Built over successive eras, it is one of the most important Portuguese examples of royal architecture and has therefore been classified as a National Monument.
Its current layout results from two phases of building works: the first one, in the reign of D.João I (15th century), and the second in the reign of D. Manuel I (16th century).
It has the greatest collection of Mudéjar tiles in the country. The two large twin chimneys built over the kitchen have become the symbol of Sintra.
Monserrate, created by Sir Francis Cook, is one of the most beautiful landscape creations of the Romantic era. The Palace is surrounded by a remarkable botanical collection due to the micro-climate of the Sintra mountain range.
Queluz National Palace
Queluz National Palace is a striking reflection of a taste and an epoch dominated by the the atrical, by appearances and the need for ample spaces.
Although Queluz is sometimes compared to the Palace of Versailles for its graceful façades, fine Palace gardens dotted with Baroque fountains, statues and spots for dallying, it is a truly Portuguese construction, in its own artistic spirit.
Quinta da Regaleira
At the beginning of the 20th century, Quinta da Regaleira was purchased by the capitalist António Augusto de Carvalho Monteiro, who invited Manini to design and build the house at Regaleira . In this project, we found various artistic currents as Gothic, Manueline and Renaissance and also mythical and esoteric traditions.
Quinta da Regaleira is a fabulous assemblage of styles and constructions like gardens, wells, towers, statues, mysterious grottoes and lakes.
It was founded in 1560 by D. Álvaro de Castro. The convent is situated in one of the picks of the Sintra hill and it has been built in granite stone.
It’s also known as the Cork Convent, because the monks used to cover their walls with cork to make their existence bearable on the interior of their rocky divisions.
The Moorish Castle dates back to the early days of the Moorish occupation of the Peninsula at the 8th century. It was taken by Dom Afonso Henriques in 1147, and there was built the first Christian Chapel of the borough.