Sintra National Palace
Situated in the town’s historic centre, Sintra National Palace is a unique monument, distinguished by its outstanding historical, architectural and artistic value.
Of all the palaces built by the Portuguese monarchs throughout the Middle Ages, only the Palace of Sintra has survived to the present day virtually intact, still maintaining the same essential features of its shape and outline since the mid-16th century.
The Capuchos Convent, also known as the “Cork Convent”, was founded in 1560.
The convent is remarkable for the extreme poverty of its construction and the extensive use of cork in the protection and decoration of its tiny spaces, thus embodying the ideals of the Order of St. Francis of Assisi: the search for spiritual perfection by removing oneself from the world and renouncing the pleasures associated with earthly life.
The Palace was designed by the architects Thomas James Knowles (father and son) and built in 1858, having been commissioned by Sir Francis Cook, Viscount of Monserrate.
It was the Cook family’s summer residence.
One of the finest landscape gardens of the romantic era. It contains a remarkable botanical collection of species from all over the world.