Sintra National Palace

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Made up of various constructions built over successive eras, it is one of the most important Portuguese examples of royal architecture and has therefore been classified as a National Monument.

This palace is thought to have been originally a palace of the Moorish walis. Its current layout results from two phases of building works: the first one, in the reign of King John I (15th century), and the second in that of D. Manuel I (16th century).
It has the greatest collection of Mudéjar tiles in the country. It is topped by two large twin chimneys built over the kitchen, which have become the symbol of Sintra.

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The Palácio Nacional de Sintra, also known as Paço Real or Palácio da Vila, dominates the whole urban centre of Sintra. With its two unusual chimneys that constitute the ex-libris of the region, it is the most important building constructed for the Royal Court, in Portugal. Its origins very likely date back to the palace of the Moorish walis, with the present design based essentially on two stages of first works. The first, in the reign of Dom João I, early 15th century, accounted for the central body of the building; the second in the reign of Dom Manuel I, in the first quarter of the 16th century, added several wings and in particular enriched the interior, which now possesses the most important collection of Mudejar azulejos (coloured glazed tiles) in the world.

Connected as it has been with the most significant periods of Portuguese history, namely the birth and fall of the Empire, it has seen the most outstanding figures of Portuguese Art and Letters pass through its halls - Luís de Camões, Gil Vicente, João de Barros, Luísa Sigea, and others.

 Apart from historical significance, nowadays this Palace is the setting for many concerts of classical music, official receptions and historical pageants.




Largo Rainha D. Amélia
2710-616 Sintra

Tel.: #315 219 106 840 
Fax: #351 219 106 851




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