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Sintra, Queluz (Palaces of the Portuguese Kings)

Sintra, Queluz (Palaces of the Portuguese Kings)

Синтра, Келуш
Синтра, Келуш

For lovers of luxury palace architecture we suggest to make a tour to the famous Palaces of Portugal. Close to Lisbon is located the summer residence of Portuguese kings of XVIII century – the National Palace of Queluz (Palácio Nacional de Queluz). The building was begun in 1742 by the architect Mateus Vicente de Oliveira and completed in 1767. It is called the “Portuguese Versailles”, as the entire interior, the gardens, the sculptures are made by French canons of the eighteenth century. The rich and majestic halls are decorated with mirrors and gilding in the Rococo style, which were used for balls and celebrations. The Palace was built for the King Pedro III, and later there was his wife, Queen Maria I. You can learn the amazing and thrilling history of the Royal families during the tour to Queluz. If you wish, you will have the opportunity to try the famous Portuguese dish – the suckling pig. Then, we will head to Sintra, it is an amazing place in Portugal, with clean air, that is full of smells of eucalyptus. There are the variety of mountain ranges, rivers and forests. Here is the Sintra National Palace (Palacio Nacional de Sintra). It was built in the XV and early XVI century, combining Moorish style, Manueline and Gothic. The Palace of Sintra is included among the world heritage sites of UNESCO and it is one of the important tourist sites of the region. The peculiarity of the Palace is the famous Portuguese tiles used for decoration of premises. In the souvenir shops of Sintra are a large selection of ceramics and fine porcelain.