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Standing on one of the peaks of the Serra de Sintra, the heart of a 200-hectare park in the town of Sintra, Portugal, Pena Palace is characterized by its eclectic architecture and bright colors, yellow and red. This magnificent monument is the first romantic palace in Europe, whose construction began for example, 30 years before the commencement of work of the castle which is often cited as the first expression of romanticism in architecture: Neuschwanstein.
This is due to Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha - regent - of German origin and Portuguese adoption following its alliance with the Queen Maria II.
In 1839, after buying the ruins of a monastery Jeronymite fifteenth century, says the same sovereign building his summer palace at Baron Ludwig von Eschwege. This mixes up the architectural styles - Moorish, Gothic, Renaissance and Manueline - to deliver a building exuberant and colorful, but still retains some parts of the old monastery.
The construction, which began in the mid nineteenth century, was not completed until 1885, the year of the death of the king.
After the proclamation of the Republic in 1910, the building became the property of the state, is kept unchanged and open to the public.
One enters the palace by a Moorish gate leading to a courtyard, in it, you can not miss the arc of newt, decorated with neo-Manueline details.
Inside the palace is divided into different parts, one of a kind. Arab room, as its name suggests, and has frescos and ornaments inspired by the Orient. The ballroom mix, meanwhile, elements of oriental decoration Prussian windows.
The cloister and the chapel show, for their part, the Manueline style.
- Copyright: Jean Philippe TUR (tenretin) (444)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-14
- Categories: Castles, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Sony alpha 37, DT 3.5-5.6 / 18-55 SAM
- Exposure: f/11, 1/100 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-09-19 14:02