|UNESCO #723 - Cultural Landscape of Sintra (Pena Palace) - PORTUGAL|
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Sintra - PORTUGAL - UNESCO #723
Some of my new friends from the POSTCROSSING forum surprised me with this beautiful postcard of one of the most amazing palaces in Portugal (probably in Europe... hell in the whole world!) - the Pena National Palace constitutes one of the major expressions of 19th century Romanticism and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal - many thanks to José, Ninocas, Rita, Duarte, Adrienne, Joaninha and Paula... you're special! Thanks to them I now have cards from 7 UNESCO sites, only 955 to go! This postcard took 3 days to arrive!
In the 19th century Sintra became the first centre of European Romantic architecture. Ferdinand II turned a ruined monastery into a castle where this new sensitivity was displayed in the use of Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish and Renaissance elements and in the creation of a park blending local and exotic species of trees. Other fine dwellings, built along the same lines in the surrounding serra , created a unique combination of parks and gardens which influenced the development of landscape architecture throughout Europe.