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The pinnacle of King Manuel I's vision of monarchy is the Coat of Arms Room. King Manuel I presented himself at the center of a strict hierarchical but interdependent society by affixing his coat of arms to the dome of this space. His ability to rule rested on the nobility and the nobility gave the monarch the social standing he required.
The Magpie Room is known to have been a royal audience room before it was used as a second banquet room in the 19th century. The room is called such because of its ceiling artwork. Throughout the reign of King Duarte, who succeeded King João I and Queen Philippa of Lancaster, it was known as the Magpie room.
The Swans Hall served as the palace’s Noble Hall and, more specifically, as the residence of King João I and Queen Philippa of Lancaster. The wood ceiling panels from the late 14th century that feature several white swans on them gave the building its name. The symbol was used by Henry IV, the then King of England and brother to the queen.
King Dinis gave the order to build the Palatine Chapel, also known as the Royal Chapel at the start of the 14th century. The hardwood ceiling, which has geometric patterns that resembles a starry sky, is regarded as one of the finest specimens of Mudejar carpentry due to its age and level of preservation.
The ceiling of the Galley Hall is painted with several galleys, giving the room its name. These galleys display not only the Portuguese flag but also the flags of the Netherlands and the Ottoman Empire. However, they were concealed when the gallery was divided into little spaces to serve as Infante Afonso's chambers in the 19th century.
The Heraldic Hall is the most opulent room in Portuguese royal palaces as well as the most significant heraldic room in all of Europe. The Heraldic Hall, known for its octagonal dome, encompasses the entire noble floor of the square tower. The hall serves as the ideal illustration of King Manuel I's wealth, power, and influence.
In recognition of the huge pagoda that decorates the room, the Chinese Room is also known as the Pagoda Room. This item, which was carved out of ivory and bone, came to the National Palace of Sintra in 1850 from the private collection of Queen Carlota Joaquina of Spain. It is these unique transnational elements that make the palace special.
The Noble Hall of the Palace of King Manuel I, the Manueline Hall was the fourth largest hall of Sintra National Palace, after the Swans Hall, the Galley Hall, and the Chinese Room. To accommodate King Luis's apartments, it was partitioned in the second half of the 19th century into three compact spaces.
The National Palace of Sintra's Palace Guard Room, or Entrance Room, which was once an outdoor area, is the first room you will see after going through the Loggia. A pair of grand spiral stairs take you to the first floor. It was a room manned by "halberdiers," ceremonial guards who carried "glaives".
The Gold Chamber or King Sebastião’s room was the third room of King João I and Queen Philippa of Lancaster's palace and a space where the monarch would host more illustrious visitors. Its supposed gold plating, which gave rise to its name, is known to have existed throughout the 15th and 16th centuries.
Due to the marine design that covers the ceiling, the wardrobe room is also called the Mermaid Room. It was frequented almost exclusively by the servants of the Portuguese Royal Family and was situated at the back of the Gold Chamber. The royals kept their clothing and other personal items in big wooden chests rather than closets or wardrobes.
Three sections, which were believed to have supported the Mermaids Room itself, were combined to create the Julius Caesar Room. The room sports an exquisite Flemish tapestry recognized as the Julius Caesar tapestry, which dates to the 16th century and represents a moment in the life of the illustrious Roman ruler.
Given its name, the Crown Room seems to be a prestigious space. The title, however, only refers to the royal coat of arms that was painted on the ceiling towards the end of the 18th century and not specifically to the room's vital importance. The Crown Room is one of the best places to appreciate Mudejar art's brilliance.
It is unclear what the Crockery Room's original purpose was, making it a particularly intriguing room. It may have been an audience room, a sleeping chamber, or possibly just a basic storage area. Queen Maria Pia of Savoy changed it at the turn of the 20th century into what is currently known as a room used to keep the Royal Family's dining ware.
The Arab Room, which once used to be a portion of the square tower, is a part of the Sintra National Palace's main structure. The top floor of this room completely fell during the Lisbon Earthquake of 1755. King Manuel I installed the small exotic fountain and the Mudejar-style tile roof that give it its name.
The seven Chambers of the Palace of King João III are spread across two floors. All seven chambers are not open to visitors. Previously, the hallway leading to the Heraldic Hall served as the entrance to the upper floor. It was followed by an 18th-century spiral staircase.
These chambers, having been built around the 13th century are the oldest part of the National Palace of Sintra. The ceramic floor, which dates to the 1430s or 1440s, is a thing of beauty after almost 600 years. It is said that after being overthrown by his brother, King Alfonso VI of Portugal spent nine years of imprisonment in this room.
Queen Maria Pia chose to set up residence in the East wing of the former Palace of King Manuel I. Her apartments or chambers included a covered gallery, sitting room, bathroom, dressing room, wardrobe, and bedroom. King Pedro V and Queen Stephanie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen were the first occupants of this bedroom.
Duration of the Visit: 1 to 2 hours
Best Time To Visit: March to May and September to November are the best months to visit Sintra for the weather is pleasant and the summer crowds are away. To have most of the space to yourself, try to visit during early mornings and late afternoons during spring and early autumn.
Address: Largo Rainha Dona Amélia, 2710-616 Sintra, Portugal
A. It is recommended that you buy Sintra National Palace tickets online to secure your spot in advance and to ensure that you do not miss your attraction.
A. Yes, you can buy Sintra National Palace tickets online. In fact, it is best to buy them online to save time. You no longer need to wait in long queues to enter the palace.
A. The Sintra National Palace tickets cost €10. You can also enjoy combo offers and visit the National Palace of Sintra and Queluz National Palace at €19. The combo ticket for Monserrate Palace and Park and the Sintra National Palace costs €17.10.
A. If you book Sintra National Palace tickets, you can enjoy great deals and discounts. If you are between 6 to 18 years of age and above 65 years of age, you will enjoy discounted prices at the Pena Palace.
A. There are lots of architectural styles and decorative elements from the yesteryears to see at the Sintra National Palace. From the Magpies’ Room to the Arab Room, to the personal chambers of the past monarchs, every room carries a story of a certain age.
A. Sintra National Palace is located downhill from the Castle of the Moors in the historic town of Sintra. The address is Largo Rainha Dona Amélia, 2710-616 in Sintra, Portugal.
A. Some highlights of Sintra National palace are the Heraldic Hall, the Pagoda Room, the Crown Room, and the Palace Guard Room. The diverse styles and elements of the palace tell the story of its transcultural heritage.
A. You can catch a train from the CP Sintra line to reach the palace. You can also catch a bus from routes 433 or 434 to reach Sintra National Palace.
A. The National Palace of Sintra opens at 9.30 AM and closes at 6.30 PM throughout the week.
A. Sintra National Palace offers wheelchairs for visitors with limited mobility. They have retail shops, a cafe, vending machines, and toilet facilities as well.
A. Sintra National Palace offers wheelchairs for visitors and is also accessible to visitors with limited mobility.
A. Yes, you can click pictures inside the Sintra National Palace.
A. Over 1000 years old, the National Palace of Sintra is one of Portugal's most frequently visited historical museums and originally served as a luxurious royal palace. The Chapel, Great hall, and bedrooms belonging to the royal family tell the story of its rich cultural heritage and are not to be missed.