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Pena Palace - Photo by Michaela Loheit

Pena Palace - Photo by Michaela Loheit

Pena Palace is a hill-top Romanticist castle in the Sintra Mountains looking down at the village of Sintra. On a clear day, it can be seen as far away as Lisbon and is an iconic addition to the Portuguese countryside. Widely regarded as one of the best expressions of 19th-century Romanticism, the Pena Palace is now a Portuguese National Monument. Construction of Pena Palace dates back to the mid 19th century when King Ferdinand II chose this site as a summer home for the Portuguese Royalty. The king built a castle that became a mishmash of architectural styles, colours, and towers, appealing to his ever-changing tastes. Pena Palace is brightly coloured and appears as if created from borrowed parts of many other castles. The interior is no less unusual or opulent, with rooms adopting stylistic touches as far-ranging as Middle Eastern to European baroque. Following the revolution of 1910, the Portuguese Royal family fled the country, resulting in the abandonment of Pena Palace. Restored in the latter half of the 20th century, Pena Palace became a UNESCO World Heritage Site and opened to the public. While visitors can tour the castle, sadly there are no photos permitted of the interior. Despite these rules, Pena Palace is a fascinating and unique photography location and well worth the visit for the travelling photographer. (Sintra, Portugal)

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