|Palacio of Monserrate|
as now organically taken over
in the 19th century
The Sintra National Palace or as the people call it the Palacio Nacional de Sintra is located in the heart of the romantic town of Sintra close to the far west of the coastline of central Portugal. This Palacio life began in the early fifteenth century and grew organically until the late nineteenth century, providing an eclectic mix of architecture that fits perfectly with the diverse and slightly magical architectural styles that populate this beguiling town. Now for a bit of the Steeped History and Legends of the Palace's origins which date back to Islamic times when Sintra was dominated by two Castles --- The Castelo dos Mouros which is now a protected ruin presiding over one of the highest peaks in Sintra Mountain ranges & the present day National Palace. The Palace was taken into the possession of the Portugal Royal
|The Palace in the heart of Sintra Pena|
In it's Days of Glory!
|The Grand Palace Monserrate after|
Queen Maria, I set many
on the Palance including the
|The Palace that Queen Amelia continued|
to restore till 1910 when the earth took the Palace
Whilst Palacio Nacional de Sintra is now officially Portugal's most visited palace, its sheer size and majesty ensures that it is not just worth the visit, but also that it never becomes too crowded to enjoy the Palacio.
|Part of the Romantic Grounds|
of the Pena Palace
The Palacio da Pena dates back to the Middle ages when it took the form of a chapel perched high on the hill overlooking Sintra. It was adopted as something of a pilgrimage site destination and sanctuary by the Portuguese rulers in the fifteenth century, but first by King John II and then later by King Manuel I, who had a monastery constructed on the site though it was sadly all but ruined in the earthquake of 1755.
|Palace of Pena Park|
Another bit of history I discover was that of Sir Frederick Cooke who inherited the Monserrate after the death of his father. Sir Frederick did make more improvements and opened the Palace to the public at the time in 1928. It's rumoured that Sir Frederick might have put the Palace up of sale. However, the council had to intervene to ensure that a new owner would not close public access, but, in fact, no buyers were forthcoming for the palace itself even though the adjoining quintas were sold off 'for a low price'. From what I could find out the Monserrate and its extensive grounds remained unsold until the year 1949 when a Portuguese financier bought it and eventually delivered it to the state of Portugal in 1968. Then in 1994 the Park was closed and major work was done to make it look pristine condition but once again. Now it is keep-up and with decorative helpful signs to tell visitors what things are. It is a beauty of the world.
For all to enjoy for centuries to come. However, the Portugal government
does keep a watchful eye on the grounds and the
palace too. I hope that you
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