Pena Palace - Sintra. Long ago, there was a chapel on one of the hills of Sintra. It was called "Nossa Senhora do Pena". In the 16th century, King Manuel 1, in honor of the birth of his son, rebuilt it into the monastery "Lady of Pena". In the 18th century, lightning struck the building, and a fire destroyed almost the entire structure. Then the earthquake crashed the rest. Only the chapel survived.
In 1837 Fernando the Duke of Saxe-Coburg became King Fernando II of Portugal. The king devoted himself entirely to art, that’s why people called him “the king-artist.” He did not like the palace of Sintra, so he bought the lands and ruins of the Pena Palace, former monastery, and began construction of his summer residence there.
The German engineer and architect Ludwig Von Eschwege built this castle. The result is a cocktail of architectural styles: oriental domes and minarets, Gothic turrets, Manueline and Renaissance elements. And then the palace was gray, it acquired bright colors only in 1994.
The tower was completed in 1885, a year after the death of Fernando II. He never saw it in all its glory.
After the outbreak of the Republican Revolution of 1910, the last queen of Portugal left the castle walls. Then the state declares it a museum and lists it as one of the seven wonders of Portugal.
The castle has a lot of towers and trails that offer stunning views. You can see the whole of Sintra at a glance. The park around the palace is admirable. It occupies 240 hectares and collects the plants from almost all corners of our planet there. It resembles an enchanted forest, where all the paths are intertwined as if in a maze.
10:00 - 18:00 from November, 1 to March, 27
9:30 - 19:00 from March, 28 to October, 30
Tickets park + Palace:
- regular ticket - 14€
- if you are under 18 or over 65+ years - 12,5€
- children under 5 years - free
- regular ticket - 7,5€
- if you are under 18 or 65+ years - 6,5€
20% discount with Lisboa Card