Thursday, September 15, 2011

Pena Castle, one of the most colorful in the world

Portuguese National Palace of Pena could be described as one of the most colorful worlds of the fortresses, with walls and domes painted in cheery, yellow and red.Palace in the Bavarian style, dates from the 1840th year, when prince Ferdinand and Goths, hired an architect to design the Prussian royal residence on a prominent hill. From the park at the foot of the palace on a hilltop that visitors can walk or be transported in carriages.Pena's castle was built on a cliff at the top of the hill. These pictures are worth a thousand words and this just breathtaking!
From the dense green forest, beneath a blue sky and white clouds painted in yellow, purple and red, adorned with various sculptures, azulenes tiles and decorations from the era, Gothic, Baroque and Romantic, this castle emerges. Pena castle (Castelo da Pena), or Pena Palace (Palácio da Pena) is one of the seven wonders of Portugal. It is the oldest palace of European Romanticism. It is on UNESCO's world cultural heritage.
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considered the national palace. Although it is a museum, sometimes used in the presidential, national and cultural purposes. It is situated some thirty kilometers from Lisbon, in the small town of Sintra.To enter the castle, one must pass under the Arab gates, drawbridge, Triton  gates and windows and inside, rooms, lounges, dance halls, chapels, dining rooms, secret chambers, furniture, paintings, sculptures, porcelain and other treasures. From the names of the rooms can learn the entire family tree of the Portuguese monarchy. There is a large chamber, where the wings of Amelia, the last queen of Portugal. Looking inside it appears that all the faces of Portuguese kings and queens, like ghosts, watching us through the prism of time.
Pena is so colorful and extravagant. That vegetation in the park around it contributes to balance. Visiting the park is also an experience in itself. It is a park that spans about 200 acres of rugged land. King Ferdinand II, not only dabbled in his fingers in the architecture of the castle, has already been demonstrated as an excellent landscape architect. Romantic pavilions, stone benches overgrown with moss, diverse trees, old redwood, waterfalls, ponds, fountains, labyrinths ...Within the park, there is also the highest peak Sintra (Serra de Sintra), and its Cruz Alta at 540 meters above sea level.

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