Lord Byron

byronLord Byron was a key figure in Romanticism and in Sintra. He came to Sintra in 1809, staying at Lawrence’s. He referred to Sintra in his correspondence: "Thus far have we pursued our route and seen all sorts of marvellous sights, &c. – which, being to be heard in my friend Hobhouse’s forthcoming Book of Travels, I shall not anticipate by smuggling any account whatsoever to you in a private and clandestine manner. I must just observe, that the village of Cintra, in Estremadura, is the most beautiful perhaps in the world.”, excerpt from the letter to Mr. Hodgson, on 16 July 1809). Sintra is immortalised in Byron’s work in the poem “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage”, as an Eden, a paradise 

"Lo! Cintra's glorious Eden intervenes 
In variegated maze of mount and glen. 
Ah me! what hand can pencil guide, or pen, 
To follow half on which the eye dilates 
Through views more dazzling unto mortal ken 
Than those whereof such things the bard relates, 
Who to the awe-struck world unlocked Elysium's gates?"

 

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