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Palacio Nacional da Pena, Portugal

From series “The Most Inaccessible Buildings in the World”
Year: 1840.

The National Palace Pena in Portugal is the landmark of the importance of the state. The palace is located in the surroundings of the city of Sintra and was built on the top of the steep rock in 1840. From the outside, the palace is a typical medieval castle, although its age is only a little over 150 years. The palace was built by order of King Fernandu II, who used the majestic building as a summer residence.

Palacio Nacional da Pena, Portugal Originally the small old monastery lay in the rock, where it was decided to build the castle. At the beginning of the construction, it had been empty for many years, so there were no obstacles to build the majestic building of the impressive size in the rocks. The last owner of the castle was Queen Amelia, who had to leave her residence in 1910 and fled from Portugal. In many of the rooms and rooms of the palace, the furniture bought by the last owner has been preserved.

After the revolution, the palace was redesigned into the museum, which presents an interesting art, antique furniture and jewelery collection. The walk through the extensive bordering territory gives as many impressions. Here one can spend hours on the carved arch in the Mauritanian style, the old sculptures and the landscape decoration. The palace is surrounded by the large forest, which covers more than 200 hectares. At different times, the palace owners have planted many exotic plants on its adjacent territory, so an excursion is essential for nature lovers. Next - Phuktal Gompa

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Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'Novo Banco' located in 18 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Europcar - Aluguer de Carros' is located in 3.61 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'BP' in 1.43 km
Supermarket: 'Pingo Doce' in 1.79 km
Parking: 'Garagem Morgado' in 5.87 km
Apotheek: 'Farmácia Teresa Garcia' in 1.77 km
Police station: 'SubDestacamento Territorial G.N.R Sintra' in 1.24 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'PORTO DOS SENTIDOS' in 0.9 km
Railway station: 'Sintra' in 1.3 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Portela Airport LIS - in 22 km
 »  Coimbra Airport CBP - in 171 km
 »  Portimao Airport PRM - in 195 km
 »  Talavera La Real Airport BJZ - in 222 km
 »  Covilha Airport COV - in 232 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Palacio Nacional da Pena

Quinta Do Castanheiro

Located in 0 km from Palacio Nacional da Pena
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Rooms: 1
This 2-bedroom holiday home features two bathrooms, living room with sofas and an equipped kitchen. The unit also includes free WiFi, a patio, dining … More: photo, rates and booking
Villa Branca Jacinta

Located in 1 km from Palacio Nacional da Pena
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Rooms: 4
The heated rooms feature a private bathroom with a shower. They all include free WiFi and central heating. A breakfast buffet is served each morning … More: photo, rates and booking
Quinta De Sao Francisco

Located in 2 km from Palacio Nacional da Pena
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Rooms: 7
Guests of the rooms are welcome to prepare their own meals in the equipped communal kitchen at their disposal. Guests of the apartment enjoy access … More: photo, rates and booking
Apartment T2 Sintra - Algueirao

Located in 3 km from Palacio Nacional da Pena
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Rooms: 2
The apartment features classic interior design and fair colours. It comes with a well-equipped kitchen, a fireplace, and a bathroom with a bath. … More: photo, rates and booking

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Santuario de Cristo Rei
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Elevador de Santa Justa
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Top destination around Palacio Nacional da Pena - Cascais

The city has many beautiful places for walking. One of the most comfortable and attractive is the Palmela Park, founded relatively recently. In this park, many beautiful plants have been planted and unusual landscape compositions designed. At the height of the tourist season, music concerts in the open air and other entertainment events are held regularly in this park.
The resort has very interesting religious attractions, including the beautiful Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary. It is one of the oldest buildings in the city. In 1755 when a major earthquake happened, it remained practically intact. Now in the walls of the church there are many religious artifacts and values.

It is also worth mentioning the Convent Piedade, which was founded in the middle of the 17th century. For many years, this monastery housed the world's first official school of philosophy. In the middle of the 19th century, the ancient monastery was in complete desolation. Not so long ago, the historical buildings have been completely restored and several new buildings built. The monastery was converted into a cultural center. It often hosts seminars on art, as well as events dedicated to the history and traditions of the region. Lovers of outdoor recreation will like a walk along a vast picturesque garden, located on the territory of the ancient monastery.
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