Pena Palace, Sintra and Lisbon with Lunch
It is strictly forbidden to take photos with flash inside Pena Palace. Video shooting requires a special permit from the venues that should be requested at least one week prior to your visit.
Please do not touch the pieces on display at the venues.
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In 1838, King Ferdinand II knew that he needed a special architect to complete his dream project: a fantastic palace on a seaside hill, to be used as a summer retreat for the royal family. Ferdinand also wanted the lavish structure to pay tribute to the greatest styles of architecture in history.
An unconventional style required an unconventional supervisor. Instead of choosing an established architect with a thorough history, he commissioned Baron Wilhelm Ludwig von Eschwege, a German mining engineer with a passion for great buildings. Von Eschwege had visited many of the famous castles of southern Bavaria, and using their influence combined with the unique instructions of Ferdinand and his wife Isabella, the amateur got to work.
The rookie engineer's results have inspired envy among the most seasoned professionals ever since. The magnificent castle appears to have been dropped from a colorful ether. Vivid reds and bright yellows contrast gorgeously with the dark green hills rolling every direction underneath it. The proximity of its gray dome and red crowning tower to the clouds above gives the palace an especially otherworldly appearance.
Its interior is equally lavish, with terraced courtyards, detailed tilework and a stunning dual-stairway entrance. The handsome study added by King Carlos I in the early 20th century features rich wood, luxurious furniture and elegant murals inspired by Greek satyrs and nymphs.
Famous composer Richard Strauss called it "The castle of the Holy Grail." In 1995, it was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. It's enough to make you think they ought to amend the old saying – amateurs built the Pena Palace, professionals built the Titanic.
By the mid-20th century, after nearly a century in existence, the dazzling colors of the Pena Palace had faded, turning almost completely gray. To restore the magnificent castle to glory, conservationists re-painted its exterior, restoring its kaleidoscopic original color scheme. Many Sintra residents had no idea that the palace was originally so colorful, and several voiced extreme displeasure with the restoration of its bright exterior.
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