The first time I saw pictures of Pena National Palace, I knew I must visit Sintra, Portugal. The bright colors of the castles up on the hilltop look like something out of a fairytale. The palace has been considered one of the most romantic castles in the world, so you really must see it for yourself. The architecture is a combination of Neo-Gothic, Neo-Moorish, and Neo-Renaissance styles and it is truly a masterpiece. Pena Palace is popular for good reason, so be prepared to deal with crowds.
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Brief History of Pena Palace
It all started back in the middle ages when a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Pena was built on the top of the hill after an apparition of the Virgin Mary. In the late 15th century, King Manuel I, a very religious man, ordered a small monastery to be built on the site. (He also sponsored the construction of Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon). (more…)