Sintra: Park and National Palace of Pena
The Park and National Palace of Pena is a 19th-century Romanticist castle located in the town of Sintra, Portugal. It is considered one of the finest examples of Portuguese architecture in the Romantic era and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The palace was built between 1839 and 1854 on the site of a former monastery. It was commissioned by King Ferdinand II, who wanted to create a summer residence for the Portuguese royal family. The palace and the surrounding park were designed to blend with the natural landscape, and feature a mix of Gothic, Moorish, and Renaissance styles.
The park covers an area of over 200 hectares and is home to over 500 species of plants from around the world, including trees, shrubs, and flowers. It is divided into different sections, each with its own theme and unique features. Some of the notable attractions in the park include the Valley of the Lakes, the Queen's Throne, and the High Cross.
The National Palace of Pena is known for its bright and colorful facade, which includes elements of red, yellow, and blue. It is open to visitors and contains a museum with collections of furniture, artwork, and other decorative objects. The park and palace are popular tourist destinations and draw visitors from around the world.