The Sintra National Palace is located in Sintra, Portugal, a town that is collectively a UNESCO world heritage site due to its co-mingling of Moorish, Egyptian, Gothic and Renaissance elements. The famous sites in Sintra also include the Pena Palace, a sort of romantic palace as well as elaborate gardens and other manors.
The Sintra National Palace was originally a Moorish stronghold dating from the 10th century. Sintra was reconquered by Europeans in the 12th century, and was used a palace for then King Alfonso VI. Most of the castle was rebuilt during the 15th - 16th centuries, with King Manuel adding the final renaissance touches. The palace was a home for Portuguese royal families until the republic was formed in 1910, and the royalty was properly disposed of.
The palace is a fairly plain looking building, with white plaster / stucco walls.
Sintra is a very pretty village:
It makes a nice panorama:
Even if the palace is quite plain, externally...
Some Portuguese sculpture depicting the colonization of Brazil:
Inside the Palace you can see some excellent Portuguese Azulejos:
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Got to love the tile-work!
The dining hall:
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