Lisbon Photo Gallery - Sintra Part 1

I decided to go on a day trip for my first full day in Lisbon, and I picked Sintra to make sure it was worth it. Palaces and castles dot the very lush landscape, enjoying the magnificent views. Welcome to a fairy tale.

Portugal's royals had their summer residence here, enjoying the cooler weather and lovely hunting grounds. They also came to stay away from Lisbon's plagues. Even Lord Byron took notice with praise. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1995, Sintra today is an easy day trip out of Lisbon, and is a must-do if you are in town.

The National Palace was a royal palace until 1910, and showcases an interesting mix of Moorish and Manueline architectural styles. Its origins are believed to date back to the 10th and 11th centuries.

The Great Hall, or Swan Room, was the palace's entry point. It was used for banquets, concerts, receptions, and religious ceremonies.

The magpie room was used for royal audiences. The 136 magpies on the ceiling are believed to be on the oldest painting in the palace.

Believed to have been built in the 16th century, the Galley Room gets its name from the ships painted on the ceiling.

The Room of the Coats of Arms has Manuel at the centre, surrounded by 72 leading noble households.

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