Palace of Pena
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- Palace of PenaFeb 22, 2014
The Pena Palace is located at Estrada DA Pena, which is on the upper part of the Pena Park. The palace is a National Monument and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
King Fernando II acquired the lands of a monastery in ruins in 1838. He chose the Prussian architect Baron Ludwig von Eshwege and the help of the Portuguese Possidonio da Silva. The palace was started in 1840 and finished in 1885, the year that the king died.
The style of the palace is eclectic, with the main style being Romantic. The outside of the palace looks Medieval and is a beautiful work of art. The inside of the palace has beautiful furniture, china porcelain, and Bohemian lamps.
- Palace of PenaMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesVegetarian+ 2Sep 19, 2013
Living in Bavaria, I've been one too many times to the "fairy tale" castle in the Alps. Well, Pena Palace makes that look like a dump. This place is absolutely stunning. So interesting to watch the restoration work happening right in front of you as well as seeing all the elaborate decoration.
Amazing views of the valley as well as the Atlantic Ocean, Pena Palace is worth the treacherous bus ride and the steep hike!Recommended for:Art & Design Lovers
- Palace of PenaAug 06, 2012
The castle was so pretty to look at from afar but as we got closer the exterior is quite worn. But when I thought about it, it was a very old castle as it was from the 1400's and for it being that old, it's in great condition. It's a trek getting up to the castle. Wear comfortable shoes, you will be walking up some hills. But the view is well worth the trip.
- Palace of PenaJul 05, 2012
This gorgeous palace looks out over the magical city of Sintra and is worth every penny to get into. The outside is painted all different sorts of colors and is seen from all around. The inside tells the story of a wealthy king that wanted it all. You can still see a lot of the stuff that was there long ago.
- Palace of PenaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Jul 05, 2012
The Pena Palace is beautiful, but getting up there is an adventure. You take a bus up a windy hill and it's terrifying. If you go to Lisbon, visiting Sintra and the palace is a must.
- Palace of PenaJul 04, 2012
An amazing pastel hued palace that's now an UNESCO World Heritage site. Plan on at least half a day to explore the palace. There are a ton of scenic views of the countryside and Lisbon from the turrets. But what makes the palace so interesting are the stuccos, hand painted tiles, and the medeival/islamic architecture. Make sure you've got plenty of space on your camera for this stop in Sintra!
- Palace of PenaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jul 04, 2012
It's the Pena National Palace that immediately reminded us of Hearst Castle and is just as gorgeous. Gayle even remarked that this place made her feel like a princess. And who knows, maybe Hearst copied a few ideas from this stunning castle on the hill.
The Pena Palace itself is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. It is also used for state occasions by the President of the Portuguese Republic and other government officials. The palace's history started in the Middle Ages when a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Pena was built on the top of the hill above Sintra. According to tradition, the construction occurred after an apparition of the Virgin Mary. And in the early 1900s, the last queen of Portugal, Queen Amélia, spent her last night at the palace before leaving the country in exile.
The Pena Palace has a profusion of styles much in accordance with the exotic taste of the Romanticism. The Hearst-like mixture of eclectic styles includes the Neo-Gothic, Neo-Manueline, Islamic and Neo-Renaissance. References to other prominent Portuguese buildings such as the Belém Tower are also present. The interiors of the Pena Palace were adapted to serve as the Summer residence of the royal family. It has amazing stuccos, painted walls in trompe-l'oeil and various revetments in tile from the 19th century, forming part of the numerous royal collections.Recommended for:History Buffs