Pena National Palace

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Crowning the Serra de Sintra, as if it were a harmonious prolongation of the range itself, the picturesque and also fantastic Palace of Pena cannot help impressing the visitor.

This supreme example of Portuguese romantic architecture is due to the magic materialisation of the dreams of a Prince of Bavaria, Ferdinand of Saxe Coburg-Gotha, husband of Queen Maria II. In 1839 he bought the ruins of the former Monastery of Nossa Senhora da Pena, built in 1503; he developed and enlarged them, with the collaboration of the Prussian engineer Ludwig von Eschwege, to achieve an extremely sensitive creation.

Retábulo da capela do palácio pena

Of note inside the Palace are the Renaissance retable by Nicolau Chanterenne (1529-1532), the exotic, richly worked furniture and the whole romantic atmosphere par excellence. Apart from its historical and museological importance, the Palace is host to concerts of classical music, exhibitions and historical plays.


The Pena Palace is located 4,5 Km from the historical Centre.






Estrada da Pena 

2710-609 Sintra

Tel.: #351 219 105 340 
Fax  #351 219 105 341




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