Pena Palace – the most romantic palace in the world

Due to its beauty and exceptional importance, the Pena Palace and Park were included in the UNESCO cultural heritage in 1995.

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Pena Palace – the most romantic palace in the world

Lisbon is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe. This sleepy warm city boasts some of the strangest and most captivating architecture in Europe. The architecture is colorful, old, and elegant.

Lisbon is a city where one should spend at least a few days, two days are simply not enough. If you're just passing through, be sure to put Pena Palace on your wish list. The Pena Palace is located in Sintra, a small town about 40 minutes from Lisbon. The magnificent architecture of the Palace, its colorful facade, interesting arches, and beautiful, timeless towers, make it a mandatory stop for every tourist who embarks on an exploration of Portugal.

Work on the palace began in 1838 and was commissioned by King Ferdinand II of Portugal. Inspired by German romanticism, the king bought the building, and transformed it into this fairytale castle, planting exotic flowers and over 500 types of trees on the grounds. The palace was built to be visible from any point in the park. Given that the Palace is located at the highest elevation in Sintra (528 meters above sea level), its viewpoint offers a wonderful view of the surroundings.

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After the death of the Portuguese Queen Maria, King Ferdinand II married his lover, the opera singer Countess Edla, with whom he moved into the Palace when it was finally completed - in 1885. However, he did not live there for long because he died the following year. The last Portuguese king lived in this castle for a while until he was exiled from the country.

The Pena Palace is considered one of the seven wonders of Portugal and is one of the greatest expressions of 19th century romanticism in Europe. It is still used for ceremonial purposes organized under the auspices of the state. Pena Palace is open to the public and is easily accessible by public transport from Lisbon's old town.

If you have enough time, after visiting the palace, you can explore the magnificent parks that are located on about 85 hectares within the Pena Palace. You can see numerous species, both trees, and plants, which grow only in certain parts of the world, and which the kings brought from their travels and planted right here. 

Post by: Rinna James