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Romanticism in Portugal

By Linda Tancs

The Palacio Nacional da Pena (Pena Palace) in Portugal is regarded as the country’s greatest example of Romanticism, an umbrella term that covers many of the European 19th-century “revivalist” and Eastern-influenced styles. In this case, it mimics Romanesque Revival and Neo-Manueline architecture. The imposing, colorful castle is perched on the top of a hill in the Sintra Mountains above the town of Sintra. They say that on a clear day you can see it from Lisbon. Don’t let that stop you from taking a closer look. The gardens are likewise stunning, filled with walking paths, pavilions, lakes, ponds and exotic trees.

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