Sintra - World Heritage Site
by Ana Rita
The Cultural landscape of Sintra, as the site is officially known, dates from the 19th century. Ferdinand II then turned a ruined monastery into castle, with parks, gardens and villas around it. The Uneso Committee decided to inscribe Sintra because: "... the site is of outstanding universal value as it represents a pioneering approach to Romantic landscaping which had an outstanding influence on develoments elsewhere in Europe."