Known by the local inhabitants as Palácio da Vila (Town's Palace), the Palácio Nacional de Sintra dominates the landscape with its famous chimneys.
It is the only Portuguese medieval royal palace still standing, and it was certainly built over the residence of the former Arab governors.
Built along several centuries, the building exhibits various styles, but two are specially known: the additions made by king João II (15th century) and by king Manuel I (16th century).
The interior decoration displays a wonderful collection of Mudejar painted tiles, and there are series of rooms and chambers, courtyards and patios, corridors and staircases.
At the kitchen, it is possible to admire more closely the huge conical chimneys, which remind us that it was here that the Portuguese Court retreated for the Summer.
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saharafree (0) 2006-03-30 11:20
Hi Eunice ! One of my weaknesses Sintra , this lovely place captived me , its unique atmosphere , near the ocean , peninha , the harmony in its buildings , a paradise where to live . Your composition is just a great postcard , beautiful , nicely defined ,luminous , delicated ... i think i remember the place where you took the snap . I can not be impartial with Sintra but your picture is really lovely