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Pena Palace, the Palácio da Pena, is the oldest European palace built in the Romantic style.  The palace tops a hill above the town of Sintra, and on a clear day it can be seen from Lisbon. 

The palace was built on the site of a monastery that was reduced to rubble in the Earthquake of 1755.  In 1838, King Ferdinand II bought the land around Sintra, including the Castelo dos Mouros, and started construction on a summer palace. 

 

 
  

The chief architect was a German Baron, Wilhelm Ludwig von Eschwege.  The Baron, at the behest of King Ferdinand II, incorporated Gothic, Manueline, Islamic, and Renaissance concepts into the overall structure.

Front courtyard area of Pena Palace Detailed hand-drawn tiles
View of Pena Palace from Castelo dos Mouros Looking up to Pena Palace from the road
Archways with Portuguese countryside below Outer palace walls
Magnificent front gate to Pena Palace Detailed sculptures covering many different surfaces on the walls
Intricate artwork covering the exterior walls View of the town of Sintra far below;  Sintra National Palace is visible with its two conical kitchen chimneys

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