The most beautiful castle in the World: Palácio da Pena (Pena Palace)

Well, you already know by now that we love to travel and get to know the best of the best and the most beatiful of it all: hotels, restaurants, builduings, places, landscapes…

Hurray for Portugal again, because the most beautiful castle in Europe has been chosen by European Best Destinations:

Palácio Nacional da Pena (Pena Palace).

“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.

In 1838, King Ferdinand II acquired the former Hieronymite monastery of Our Lady of Pena, which had been built by King Manuel I in 1511 on the top of the hill above Sintra and had been left unoccupied since 1834 when the religious orders were suppressed in Portugal. The monastery consisted of the cloister and its outbuildings, the chapel, the sacristy and the bell tower, which today form the northern section of the Palace of Pena, or the Old Palace as it is known.”

Want to know more? watch the pictures (and believe us it’s a thousand miles away from what you can see at the sight!!!).

Enjoy!

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

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