Visiting Sintra

Located in Grande Lisboa Region, Sintra is a small town with nearly 33,000 inhabitants. Though little known, Sintra was acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Heritege especially due to its Romantic style traced in the magnificent architectural monuments. Those who are interested in visiting Sintra will be pleased to find out that the town is close to Lisbon (only 28 km from the Portuguese capital) and that many tour guides frequently organize day trips to Sintra.


Historical background


It is important to trace Sintra back in time and in the books of history as the town witnessed throughout the years many memorable moments that defined its future evolution. Former Arab territory, Sintra was conquered in 1147 by Alfonso Henrique, the first Portuguese King. In honor of his victory against the Moors (Arabs) a church was built here, Igreja de São Pedro de Canaferrim that can still be visited in the present times.

Sintra attractions


As I previously mentioned, Sintra was declared a World Heritage Site due to the impressive moments, mostly belonging to the Romantic architectural style, that can be admired all over the city. Among the most impressive sights that should be put on your traveling list in case you are visiting Sintra is: Palacio da Pena, a symbol of the city is one of the most fabulous things you have ever seen. Located on top of Sintra hill, the Palace was finished building in the 19th century fallowing the directions of the Romanticism. History tells us that in fact in the 15th century on the top of the hill a chapel used to be built in honor of Virgin Mary Who appeared in that place. It was only in the 19th century that King Ferdinand decided to transform the remaining sight into a modern palace that would amaze the entire Europe with its impressive mixture of Neo-Gothic, Manueline and Romanticism style. Close to the palace we have another important monument, the Castle of the Moors. The Castle was built in the 10th century under the occupation of the Moors but it was only during the time of King Ferdinand that the castle was brought back to its true value. Though you can discover many elements of decorations belonging to the Romantic spirit of that time, there are still objects and ruins that remained untouched from the period of the Moors, such as the Church of St Peter.


Without any doubt, Sintra is a place where history remains an important part of the identity of this town. The monuments, the objects and even some traditions still carried on by the locals prove that. If you want to be yourself part of Sintra history you just have to start a trip to this lovely place and enjoy every moment.


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