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Parques de Sintra publications

The diverse range of Parques de Sintra editorial projects strives to endow continuity on implementing one of the company’s priority action areas, that is, providing core information to the monuments under its management. This information simultaneously enables the raising of the respective monument profiles and providing public access to content crucial to characterising this heritage.


Book cover: My Guide to the Palace of Pena.My Guide to the Palace of Pena
Author: Mariana Schedel
Published by: Parques de Sintra, 2014
ISBN: 978-989-98669-2-8
Written by the art historian Mariana Schedel, this book was designed for children aged between nine and thirteen and nurtures in this age group a relationship of complicity in the discovery of the secrets of the National Palace of Pena by inviting them to explore its environment through a set of observation based challenges and other activities. The book takes them on a voyage through time to a period in which this palace was lived in by its own builder, King Ferdinand II, whose designs, replete with the fantastic, illustrate a large part of the book and complemented by sketches and watercolours by João Catarino and Joana Nina. Through the feather and the imagination of Ferdinand, and led by the voice of this researcher dedicated to the study of the decorative features of the National Palace of Pena, this young audience embarks on the discovery of the animals and histories enclosed within this monument’s decoration, a great book of stone and tile that always has something new to reveal whenever visiting.


Book cover: The Portuguese School of Equestrian Art.

Escola Portuguesa de Arte Equestre | Portuguese School of Equestrian Art – Sold out
Author: Teresa Abrantes
Published by: Parques de Sintra, 2014
ISBN: 978-989-98669-1-1
Commemorating the integration of EPAE  – the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art into the patrimonial assets under its management, Parques de Sintra has also published this account by the current head of EPAE, Teresa Abrantes and illustrated above all by photographs by Pedro Yglesias de Oliveira. This work provides a contextualised overview of the history of equestrianism in Portugal and the role of the Royal Stables, the equestrian academy of King João V, indelibly associated with the Lusitano thoroughbred horse. This is the only horse ridden at this School and sourced from the Alter Stud Farm, also set up by King João V in the 18th century to purify this breed that is the current representative of the oldest saddle ridden horse in the world: the Iberian horse breed. After having introduced the historical nature of the cultural heritage now represented by EPAE, the author details the work that daily goes into maintaining these traditions, the uniforms worn by the riders, the harnesses and the exercises practiced in preparation for performances that take place all around the world as a representation of Portuguese culture.


Book cover: The Founders of – Ferdinand the Second and the Countess of Edla.The Creators of Pena – King Ferdinand II and the Countess of Edla

Author: Margarida de Magalhães Ramalho
Publisher: Parques de Sintra, 2013
ISBN: 978-989-98669-0-4
The reconstruction and restoration of the Chalet of the Countess, located in Sintra’s Park of Pena, brought the building back to life out of the memories of the site and correspondingly raising longstanding questions that had been lost to the course of time and especially about its creators: King Ferdinand II and the Countess of Edla. In order to better understand the motivation of the couple in designing this space and also with a view to gathering the documental evidence and objects and works destined for an exhibition on life in the Chalet of the Countess, the historian Margarida de Magalhães Ramalho engaged in research, backed by Parques de Sintra, which has generated a deeper understanding of the relationship between Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, king-consort to Queen Maria II, and his second wife, Elise Hensler, a lyrical singer from an American family of Swiss origins.


Book cover: Convent of the Capuchos.

Convent of the Capuchos
Author: Jorge Muchagato; Ana Oliveira Martins
Publisher: Parques de Sintra and Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-85759-830-8
The official guide to the Convent of the Capuchos, co-published by Parques de Sintra and Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers, an international publisher specialising in guides and catalogues of museums, cathedrals or historical monuments. In addition to describing the historical context to the founding of the Convent of the Capuchos, this guide furthermore sets out a route enabling the visitor to tour the monument and interpreting its spaces and learning about the unique living experiences of the Franciscan friars that inhabited this religious home with its very special characteristics having stimulated the curiosity of visitors, who have gone onto describe and illustrate their experiences in countless travel narratives ever since the 18th century.


Book cover: The Mushrooms of the Parks of Sintra.

The Mushrooms of the Parks of Sintra
Author: João Luís Baptista-Ferreira and Sofia Gomes
Publisher: Parques de Sintra, November 2012
ISBN: 978-989-97678-8-1
A publication resulting from a study carried out by the authors on the species of mushrooms growing in the Sintra hills and lasting over eighteen months across the extent of the parks of Monserrate, Capuchos and Pena. This study resulted in the collection of 395 samples, the identification of 156 different species of which 65 were identified for the very first time in the Sintra region and 17 for the very first time anywhere in Portugal. The species were then catalogued photographically and described in a fashion designed to ensure that not only a scientist but also a layman might be able to recognise them. Beyond the description of the species, illustrated with photographs taken at the point of collection, each species gets the etymology of its scientific name detailed and, whenever known, their common names in Portuguese, French and English. The publication furthermore includes advice on preserving the biodiversity and the consumption of these species. With the publication of this guide, Parques de Sintra aims to awaken interest in the diversity of mushrooms in Sintra, raising public awareness about nature conservation and avoiding the unrestrained harvesting that might jeopardise the equilibrium of the forest ecosystem.


Catalogue of the Parks and Monuments of Sintra.

Parks and Monuments of Sintra
(Portuguese, English, Spanish, Frenchs, Italian, German, Chinese, Russian)
Author: Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua, S.A.
Publisher: Parques de Sintra, 2012
ISBN: 978-989-97678-0-5
This multilingual publication provides a general presentation of the broad set of monuments under the management of Parques de Sintra and its activities.


Cover of the Park of Pena Monograph.

Monograph of the Park of Pena
Author: Mário de Azevedo Gomes
Publisher: Parques de Sintra, 2011
ISBN: 978-989-95904-8-9
As a complement to the publication of the Biography of Mário de Azevedo Gomes, Parques de Sintra also re-edited a copy of his Monograph of the Park of Pena, a work by the aforementioned author dated 1960, which still remains today one of the most important scientific references on the trees and forests of Pena. This second publication thus seeks to ensure this study may continue to foster the interest of the research community and result in projects able to enrich our knowledge on this highly important forestry heritage.


Cover of the Biography of Mário de Azevedo Gomes.

Mário de Azevedo Gomes (1885-1965) – Master of Portuguese Forestry
Author: Ignacio García Pereda
Publisher: Parques de Sintra and Euronatura, 2011
ISBN: 978-989-95904-7-2
On the occasion of the I Hispano-Luso Arboriculture Congress, dedicated to the theme “The historical tree – cultural heritage” jointly organised by the Spanish Arboriculture Association and Parques de Sintra from 20th to 23rd October 2011, homage was paid to Professor Mário de Azevedo Gomes, an agronomist and engineer and leading figure in the Portuguese intellectual panorama of the 20th century and whose personal and professional history are closely bound up with the Park of Pena as set out throughout this biography. This work was authored by Ignacio García Pereda, an engineer, researcher and coordinator of the Euronatura History and Forest Policy Group.


Cover of the Publication: Stained Glass and Glass Works – A Taste of Ferdinand the Second.

Glass and Stained glass – Ferdinand II’s Passion | The Pena Palace Collection
(Portuguese, English)
Author: Bruno A. Martinho; Márcia Vilarigues
Publisher: Parques de Sintra, 2011
ISBN: 978-989-95904-5-8
This book was launched on the occasion of the inauguration of the exhibition of the Palace of Pena collection of stained glass windows and other glass pieces in September 2011. This exhibition seeks to display the full collection of stained glass windows collected by King Ferdinand II alongside the meticulous restoration process they were subject to that also opened up the scope for deeper research into their origins and their interrelationships with other collections built up by the king’s family members. The exhibition furthermore includes glass pieces from the Pena collection that also belonged to King Ferdinand with the overall objective of highlighting the royal interest in artistic glass works beyond stained glass windows, a rare passion and perhaps hitherto unique in Portugal.


Cover of the Publication: The Palace and Park of Pena – Sources and bibliography in support of historical research.

The Palace and Park of Pena – Sources and bibliographies for the purposes of historical research
(two volumes)
Author: Jorge Muchagato
Publisher: Parques de Sintra, 2011
ISBN: 978-989-95904-2-7
Within the objective of gathering together an appropriate level of documentation on the Park and Palace of Pena based upon the consistent findings of historical research and collating the information hitherto dispersed across various different archives, Parques de Sintra published this vast and highly interesting two volume work written by Jorge Muchagato, the Palace and Park of Pena – Sources and bibliography for the purposes of historical research, therefore presenting a means of encouraging and supporting research on these monuments and in the expectation that the work itself might attract the attentions of new researchers to the Park and Palace of Pena.


Book cover: Writing about Sintra.

Escrever sobre Sintra / Sintra in Writing
(Portuguese, English)
Author: Margarida Magalhães Ramalho
Photography: Giorgio Bordino
Publisher: Parques de Sintra, 2010
ISBN: 978-989-96409-7-9
This book by Margarida Magalhães Ramalho with photographs by Giorgio Bordino represents a compilation with footnotes and illustrations from texts about Sintra written by renowned guests. A Parques de Sintra publication produced by By-the-Book with the Portuguese version having been launched in late 2010 with the English version released in 2011. This work seeks to stimulate new visitors to write about the exceptional values of Sintra.


Cover of the Official Guide to the Park and Palace of Monserrate.

Park and Palace of Monserrate – Official guide
(Portuguese, English)
Author: João Sande de Freitas on behalf of the Friends of Monserrate Association
Publisher: Parques de Sintra and Scala Publishers, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-85759-646-5
The launch of the official guide to the Park and Palace of Monserrate corresponds to the conclusion of the restoration work on the infrastructures making up the Palace of Monserrate that reopened to the public on 18th June 2010. Monserrate henceforth was able to provide a richer visit experience and duly framed by the diversified support structures deployed along the route. The audioguides and guided visit services along with the regular program of events were re-launched along with the official guide to the Park and Palace of Monserrate and thereby becoming able to provide visitors to this monument with diverse sources of information in addition to transversal approaches to its contents.


Cover of the Official Guide to the National Palace of Pena.

Pena National Palace, Official guide
(Portuguese, English)
Author: Paulo Pereira and José Martins Carneiro
Publisher: Parques de Sintra and Scala Publishers, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-85759-391-4
The official guide to the Palace of Pena, initially launched in 2006 by IGESPAR and the international publisher SCALA PUBLISHERS, a specialist in the publication of high quality works on museums, cathedrals and historical monuments and subsequent re-published under the auspices of Parques de Sintra and SCALA.


Cover of the Box of Engravings of Scenes of Cintra with drawings by Clémentine Brélaz.

Scenes of Cintra in the works of Clémentine Brélaz (1840)
Engravings: Clémentine Brélaz
Publisher: Parques de Sintra, 2010
Following the publication of the work entitled “Scenes of Cintra in the works of Clémentine Brélaz”, there was the parallel publication of this work containing a collection of 18 of the engravings in question, individually printed and presented in a boxed format.



Book cover: Scenes of Cintra in drawings by Clémentine Brélaz.

Scenes of Cintra in the works of Clémentine Brélaz (1840) commented on by João Cachado
Author: João de Oliveira Cachado
Photography: José Antunes
Publisher: Parques de Sintra, 2009
ISBN: 978-989-95904-1-0
The book “Scenes of Cintra in the works of Clémentine Brélaz” seeks to bring about the discovery of the great Sintra heritage, whether natural or built and as portrayed in a collection of 19th century engravings since acquired by Parques de Sintra set alongside current photographs, taken from the same sites by a photographer commissioned to this end. This publication invites readers to peruse the ways in which these eighteen different places illustrated by this 19th century landscape painter and coupled with the comments by one of the most attentive and informed “sons of Sintra”, Professor João Cachado and with the photographs by José Antunes depicting those same scenes from a contemporary perspective. The reader thus comes to verify how many of these sites have changed only very little while others have undergone a metamorphosis into completely different ambiences today displaying the colours and signs of the passage of time. This publication also presents a map detailing just where the pictures were taken and along with the respective geographic coordinates and thus seeking to encourage interest in the different footpaths running through the Sintra hills.


Cover of the Guide to Botanical Paths through the Parks of Sintra.

Botanical Walks in the Parks of Sintra – Sold out
(Portuguese, English, Spanish)
Author: Maria Lisete Caixinhas e Maria Cândida Liberato
Illustrations: João Catarino
Publisher: Parques de Sintra, 2008
ISBN: 978-989-95904-0-3
The publication of “Botanical Walks in the Parks of Sintra– Botanical and historical notes on some significant specimens of the Natural Heritage of the Parks of Pena, Monserrate and Capuchos” resulted from a study identifying, labelling and describing the most significant botanical species from the park collections and thereby setting out what became termed as the Botanical Walks. Available to everybody setting off along the paths recommended and wishing to identify and recognise all of the notable examples contained in these historical gardens as well as learning some of the curious facets to their biology along with other interesting notes enriching any visit to these botanical gardens.


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