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Located in the hills above Sintra is Pena Palace (Palácio da Pena) , a colorful Romanticist castle.
The exotic castle, a fine example of 19th-century Romanticism, combined Medieval and Islamic elements into its design. After the Republican Revolution of 1910, the palace tur...
No visit to Lisbon is complete without a trip to the Belém district, located about 8 kilometers (5 miles) west of central Lisbon. And, no visit to Belém is complete without stopping at the Belém Tower (Torre de Belém) , officially the Tower of Saint Vincent (Torre de São Vicente)...
Located steps away from Belém Tower is Jerónimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos).
The massive monastery and church stretches for 275 meters (902 feet) along Belém’s waterfront. Its limestone exterior is a fine example of Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style architectur...
Batalha Monastery is a Dominican convent located in the town of Batalha. Its official name is the Monastery of Saint Mary of the Victory. The monastery, which celebrates a medieval battle, is considered to be one of Portugal’s finest architectural achievements.
Today, the e...
Alcobaça Monastery is a Cistercian abbey church and monastery.
It is located 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of Lisbon in the town of Alcobaça.
The interior is grand yet simple and bright with Gothic lines. The highlight of the church are the tombs of King Pedro I a...
The Castle of Óbidos (Castelo de Óbidos) is a well-preserved medieval castle located in Óbidos.
The town is one of Portugal’s most charming and touristy towns. While touristy, Óbidos is beautiful with whitewashed houses and cobbled alleys surrounded by medieval walls. One o...
Castle of Guimarães is a medieval castle located in Guimarães. The city is located about 42 kilometers (26 miles) northeast of Porto. Guimarães is a walled city first settled in the 9th century.
Over the centuries, the castle has been improved, remodeled, and expanded. Its ...
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