Photographer's Note

Picture taken in Sintra from the Mourish Castle.

Sintra Nacional Palace (Palácio Nacional de Sintra - Palácio das Chaminés)

Consisting of various bodies built during the course of successive epochs on the so-called "Chão da Oliva", the Sintra Nacional Palace (also knowed as the Palace of Chimneys) is one of the most important examples of regal architecture in Portugal and for that reason is classified as a National Monument. This gradual multiplication of buildings, with different styles, is largely responsible for the enigmatic enchantment of this ancient palace, dominated by great twin chimneys atop the kitchen that constitute as authentic ex-libris of Sintra.

After the Reconquest, the Palace passed into the possession of the Crown and was considerably enlarged, not only in the reign of Dom Dinis - who in 1281 laid down that the conservation of the Palace should be entrusted to the enfranchised Moors of Colares -but especially in the reigns of Dom João I (1385-1433) and Dom Manuel (1495-1521).

Of special note, apart form the elements of Gothic, Mudejar, Manueline and Renaissance architecture, are the wonderful azulejos (coloured glazed tiles) from the 15th and 16th Centuries in various halls and patios, and in the Royal Chapel.

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Additional Photos by Antonio Sousa (ajcsousa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 63 N: 529] (1804)
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