Visually attractive SINTRA

     If you take the tourists away from this town, it would be quiet. This one hour away by train town from Lisbon was once the residence of Portugal’s most affluent people. One thing have I noticed in this town is that even in the middle of winter it is still very green.

     We visited the three main attractions by taking tour bus 434 just outside the train station of Sinta.  It’s NOT an all day hop on hop off but let me call it “one circuit hop on hop off”. This bus route is designed for day trip tour.  Here are the places or palaces that the bus took us to.

     The Gothic Style National Palace of Sintra was extensively used by the nobility of Portugal between the 15th and 19th centuries and born witness to the growth of the country. We did not have time to go inside this Palace as we are running out of time. 

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Castelo dos Mouros – The castle was constructed during the 8th and 9th centuries. It is situated on the top of the Sintra Mountains, where it has a panoramic view of the municipality of Sintra.  You have to pay to get inside but just walking around outside the castle walls is already good enough. moorish-castlep2020138-ap2020170-ap2020130-ap2020117-ap2020174-ap2020139-a

 

Palácio da Pena –  is a Romanticist castle. The castle stands on the top of a hill in the Sintra Mountains above the town of Sintra, and on a clear day it can be easily seen from Lisbon and much of its metropolitan area. It is a national monument and constitutes one of the major expressions of 19th-century Romanticism in the world. The palace is 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. This place is the highlight of our Sintra trip. This is the only place that agreed to pay to get in. 

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The Arch of Triton 

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The Chapel – Pena Palace
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The craftsmanship in some of the rooms is very exquisite!
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The ceilings and the walls in one of the rooms are decorated with this design. The craftsmanship of the past could easily outdo the present. 
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I was the last person walking out of the palace. The staff are so nice that they let me take photos before turning off the lights when I am done with a section of the floor. 

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