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Sintra has two extremely sturdy castles

Al-Bakrî, 11th century (source: Al-Himyarî, Arab geographer and historian)

A grandiose and magnificent palace of the Kings of Portugal

Damião de Góis, historian and humanist, second half of the 16th century

Two domed chimneys, dominated the whole building

Hans Christian Andersen, A Visit to Portugal, 1866

I give and bestow upon you, Queen Isabel my wife, for all the days in your life, my towns of Sintra

Rei Dom Dinis, last quarter of the 13th century

The Palace is the great monument that grows in the town centre and accentuates its character

Vítor Serrão, Art historian

National Palace of Sintra

The thousand-year-old history of the Palace of the Town of Sintra began during the Muslim occupation of the Iberian Peninsula. Already mentioned in texts from the 11th century, the original Moorish Palace became the property of the Portuguese Crown after the conquest of the city of Lisbon by Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal, in 1147. It was first subjected to alteration work in 1281, in the reign of King Dinis, and new extensions were later added to the building over time, in the reigns of the kings Dinis, João I and Manuel I, although it has largely maintained its present-day outline since the mid-16th century. The vertical arrangement of its spaces, adapting to the nature of the terrain; the intimate organisation of the interior courtyards, outdoor spaces in which one can hear the sound of running water; the windows with their surmounted arches; and the walls covered in glazed tiles with rich geometrical patterns, are all features that underline the Moorish links of the craftsmen who built and embellished the Palace.

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Parques de Sintra receives the best practices award in the “Spaces, products and services in use” category from the “Design For All” foundation

©PSML Parques de Sintra has won the best practices award for the “Spaces, products and services in use” category from the “Design For All” foundation for its “Parques de Sintra Welcomes Better” project. “Design For All” is a non-profit foundation with…

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New lightings system for the exterior of the National Palace of Sintra

The exterior lighting system of the National Palace of Sintra was replaced with the new system entering into operation yesterday. Work began at the end of November 2015 and involved €65,000 in investment (installation and lighting equipment) and consisted of the replacement of all existing…

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The National Palace of Sintra kitchen enters into restoration

©PSML – Wilson Pereira The National Palace of Sintra kitchen is now undergoing restoration. The room is one of the most emblematic in the Palace and the source of the two conical chimneys that define the profile of the town of…

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Parques de Sintra records a 15.85% rise in annuak visitor numbers in 2015

In 2015, and for the first time in any single year, the parks and monuments under the management of Parques de Sintra recorded over two million visitors (2,233,594), corresponding to a year-on-year rise of 15.85%. Similar to other years, the Park and National Palace of…

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Restoration of the wall hanging in the bedroom of King Afonso VI

©PSML The Arabian decorative wall hanging found in the bedroom of King Afonso VI in the National Palace of Sintra has recently been subject to conservation. The intervention was carried out by two conserver-restorers and included the cleaning of the textile…

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The King's Treasure

What begins as a simple guided tour becomes an adventure. Participants are challenged to travel back in time to discover what happened to the King’s treasure that was being transported in the ship D. Leonor, which was robbed by pirates nearly five hundred years.

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