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Palácio Nacional de Sintra

Sintra National Palace The Sintra national palace is unique amongst the royal mediaeval palaces in Portugal and the town’s most distinctive building.

Palácio Nacional de Sintra (Palácio da Vila)
Palácio Nacional de Sintra (Palácio da Vila)by: MartinPutz src: wmf under: CC BY-SA 3.0

Beginning with the nation’s first dynasties, Sintra was one of the preferred places of Portuguese kings and queens, although the palace that we can see nowadays owes its existence to an initiative of Dom João I, who rebuilt it, and Dom Manuel I, who enriched the building’s decorative character and added a new wing.

It is worth visiting the interior of the palace, where you will certainly find out a little more about the history of Portugal. The decoration is quite remarkable, being a combination of various artistic styles that depended on the respective tastes of the kings that lived here, and carried out in such a way as to give different names to the various rooms. In particular, the attention of visitors is drawn to the Sala dos Cisnes (Swans’ Room), the Sala dos Brasões (Armoury), the Sala das Pegas (Magpie or Reading Room) and the chapel.

Here you can also find a brief history of the development of the decorative tile (azulejo) in Portugal, with examples ranging from the Spanish-Moorish tiles brought by the king Dom Manuel to the typical blue-and-white tiles of the 18th century.

Outside, the most striking and distinctive feature of the palace is the two large conical chimneys of the kitchen, each measuring 33 metres high, now adopted as the symbol of Sintra.


Largo Rainha D. Amélia    2710-616 Sintra

Telephone: +351 21 910 68 40
Fax: +351 21 910 68 51              

Palácio Nacional de Sintra by: Carlos Silva
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