Best castle in Europe

You already know by now we love to talk about our favourite places, destinations, stores, brands… specially if there is an election and the winner is in Portugal!

Well, European’s best destination has chosen: the 1st place fot the top 15 best castles in Europe goes to The Palace of Pena (Palácio da Pena).

“Located in the Sintra hills, the Park and Palace of Pena are the fruit of King Ferdinand II’s creative genius and the greatest expression of 19th-century romanticism in Portugal, denoting clear influences from the Manueline and Moorish styles of architecture. The palace was built in such a way as to be visible from any point in the park, which consists of a forest and luxuriant gardens with over five hundred different species of trees originating from the four corners of the earth.

The Palace of Pena stands atop a rocky peak, which is the second highest point in the Sintra hills (the only place higher than the palace itself is the Cruz Alta, 528 metres above sea level). The palace is situated in the eastern part of the Park of Pena, which one has to pass through to reach the steep ramp built by the Baron of Eschwege that provides access to the castle-like building. The palace itself is composed of two wings: the former Manueline monastery of the Order of St. Jerome and the wing built in the 19th century by King Ferdinand II. These wings are ringed by a third architectural structure that is a fantasised version of an imaginary castle, whose walls one can walk around and which comprises battlements, watchtowers, an entrance tunnel and even a drawbridge.

The Palace of Pena was designated a National Monument in 1910 and forms part of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, which has been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage since 1995.

In 2013, the Palace was integrated into the Network of European Royal Residences.”

A truly amazing castle
A truly amazing castle
Cloister
Cloister
Great Hall
Great Hall
Let's get lost inside...
Let’s get lost inside…

Amazing, isn’t it? Let’s go travel!!!

 

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