Cultural Landscape of Sintra

A forty-five minute suburban train ride from Lisbon is the small town of Sintra, which in the 19th century became a centre of Romantic architecture and lansdscape. There are a number of places to visit but the main one is the Pena park and palace, perched on top of a high steep hill up which there is an expensive but vital (for the unfit) bus. 
Sintra - view over over Pena park from the palace

Sintra - view over over Pena park from the palace

The palace was built upon a ruined monastery by King Ferdinand II and is full of turrets, battlements and your standard fairytale twiddly bits. It also had some terrific interiors with some wonderfully fussy Victorian furniture.

 

Sintra - Pena palace

Sintra - Pena palace

The park, all tall trees and huge rounded boulders, is not as natural as it might first appear and is planted both both local species and exotic trees from all over the world.

Sintra - Pena park

Sintra - Pena park

It also contains a small trickling stream valley planted with ferns and a variety of small buildings, including a temple and a couple of monumental duck houses.

Sintra - Pena park duck house

Sintra - Pena park duck house

Close to Pena are the remains of a 10th century Moorish castle with battlements that go steeply up and down the hillside.

Sintra - Moorish castle

Sintra - Moorish castle

Whilst wandering around the Pena woods I followed what looked like a path but ended up on a high outcrop of boulders which afforded a great view of the palace:

Sintra - Pena palace

Sintra - Pena palace

Which is the basis for the Lego model:

Lego Sintra - Pena palace

Lego Sintra - Pena palace

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4 Responses to Cultural Landscape of Sintra

  1. deborahrs says:

    love the duck houses!

  2. Meg says:

    I was hoping for a lego monumental duck house.

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