Photographer's Note

The National Palace of Sintra - also known as Palácio da Vila (Palais du Bourg) and also called Royal Palace - is one of the main monuments of the city of Sintra in Portugal two tall white conical chimneys of 33 meters give him a figure quite distinct and are, therefore, the symbol of the city.

Probably high on the foundations of the residence of the Muslim Walis, it was the palace of the Portuguese kings from the time of the Christian Reconquest. It is, however, Don João I (1356-1433) and Manuel I (1469-1521) that we owe the great work that gave the palace the general appearance it has today.

Shaken by the great earthquake of 1755, it was immediately rebuilt 'old', as the term G. Baretti, an Italian traveler who visited five years after the disaster.

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