Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sintra National Palace


The palace was built on the residence of the former Muslim walis (12th century). Many alterations took place over the centuries and in 1755 it was severely damaged by the Lisbon Earthquake. However, it was rebuilt "in the old manner" but during the 19th and the 20th centuries went through numerous works which definitely changed some parts of it.

27 comments:

Olivier said...

magnifique construction, assez original avec ces tours

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

A beautiful palace ...

JM said...

@Olivier: Those 'towers' are chimneys! :-)

Sylvia K said...

Terrific capture as always! It does look as though it has been through many changes! Interesting history!
Sylvia

Cezar and Léia said...

Que vista heim meu amigo!!!!
Fabulosa fotografia!
Léia

Lois said...

It is quite beautiful and I love those towers!

Leif Hagen said...

What a fantastic, historic palace! I just wonder what it looks like inside....
That suspended concrete slap yesterday was an engineering wonder!

Jarart said...

it is massive! The picture was taken from above and gives us a birds eye view. Very nice.

Sharon said...

Another stunning palace! I have got to tour your country. You show us so many gorgeous places.

michelangelo in the kitchen said...

Magnificent architecture of moorish influence. The chimneys remind me of the Moroccan ceramic tagines. Visit Sintra again!!!

joo said...

It's a gorgeous place!

cieldequimper said...

Well it looks pretty good to me! I am trying to imagine how it used to look like.

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

The first word that came to mind was "light"! The light is fantastic. Second word coming to mind was "massive." The structure seems to go on and on. Rather a mix of shapes and styles, but the flow is pretty good. I like it.

The photo is superb.

I don't know what's going on with that thumbnail, JM. That one seems to be the only one! Obviously, Blogger has some kind of a problem...none of them showed up at all for a week or two as you know...

Sorry. I'd fix it if I could...

Sailor said...

Beautiful!

VP said...

One of the most recognizable palaces in the world. Great light against the dark sky!

Halcyon said...

Really beautiful. I love castles and palaces. :)

Randy said...

That place is amazing! Nice little country place to call your own.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Wonderful shot of this palace with the array of tile roofs... lovely! I have just added another reason (like I needed any more) to visit Sintra!

Bises,
G

T. Becque said...

It's beautiful, I like the colors of it. I could sit and just listen to the history of your places for hours! :)

Babzy said...

A great place !

Gunn said...

Great building,-great chimneys - and great weather!
- Enjoy your weekend!:)

Joan Elizabeth said...

I like those pointy towers ... but not as chimneys.

Kaori said...

Beautiful architecture! I like how they rebuilt it "in the old manner." So much more of the history is preserved that way :-D

Amin said...

Very beautiful palace and photo...

Dina said...

Wow, what a place, what a photo!

Chimneys, eh? I wondered.

Small City Scenes said...

But still quite beautiful, eh? MB

Sérgio Pontes said...

magnifico mesmo =)