Tour Sintra / Cascais
We started the Mafra Palace Tour. It was built by D. João V in the first half of the 19th century. XVIII, as a consequence of a vow that the young king made if the queen D. Maria Ana of Austria gave him descendants, the Palace of Mafra is the most significant monument of the Baroque in Portugal, integrating a Royal Palace, a Basilica, a Franciscan Convent and an important Library, synthesis of the encyclopedic knowledge of the century. XVIII. Visit to the Monument – (Closed on Tuesdays).
Mafra’s greatest treasure is the library, with a collection of more than 40,000 books with gold-bound leather bindings, including a first edition of Luís de Camões’s Os Lusíadas. In the reign of D. João VI the Palace was inhabited all year round in 1807, before the departure of the court to Brazil, and it is due to the decorative renovation of some of the most important rooms. Visit to the Monument – (Closed on Tuesdays).
SINTRA Throughout Portugal, throughout the land of Europe, Sintra emerges as one of the most beautiful and rare places that the prodigious invention of nature managed to create, “wrote the poet Afonso Lopes Vieira. Sintra is undoubtedly one of the paradises of Portugal, having been declared by UNESCO in World Cultural Heritage in 1995. Its name derives from the word cynthia, symbol of the moon in Celtic mythology.The Romans called Mons Lunae, the mount of the moon, and there were sacrifices made in his honor.
SINTRA NATIONAL PALACE The millennial history of the Town Hall of Sintra begins during the Muslim dominion in the Iberian Peninsula. Already mentioned in the eleventh century, the early Moorish palace – property of the Portuguese Crown from the conquest of Lisbon by D. Afonso Henriques (1147), 1st King of Portugal – was first intervened in 1281, during the reign of D. Dinis. New constructive bodies are added over time, under the reigns of D. Dinis, D. João I and D. Manuel I, maintaining their silhouette since the middle of the 16th century. Visit to the Monument.
QUINTA DA REGALEIRA, The Palace and the Quinta da Regaleira were born in the beginning of the 20th century by the imagination of its owner, António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro, and the architect responsible for the project, the Italian Luigi Manini. From the dream to reality was born the Quinta da Regaleira, a junction of various artistic and architectural trends, from Gothic to Manueline, with a Renaissance touch. The result was a unique creation, full of magical nooks and details that do not hide the union between National history and the mythical and esoteric side, inevitably associated with the Sintra mountain range. Visit to the Monument.
PALACE MONSERRATE is the unique testimony of nineteenth-century ecclesiastics, where the exotic and vegetable motifs of the interior decoration extend harmoniously abroad. A style combining Gothic, Indian and Moorish influences is one of the most important examples of Romantic architecture in Portugal. Visit to the Monument.