Sintra National Palace is another palace that I’ve visited that has islamic moorish roots. It’s beautiful inside.
The boring white facade and two chimneys make it somehow easy to underestimate this medieval palace.
We were hesitant to see inside.
But we paid to get in, anyway. We didn’t go all the way to Sintra just to look at building facades after all.
My favorite in the palace is the Blazons hall. All four walls of the hall are covered with azulejos depicting country life. And the ceilings are just as beautiful.
There’s a decoration – a magnificent miniature Chinese palace made of ivory, so I had to explain to my daughter that using ivory is not good. It means torturing many elephants to sever their trunks.
Sintra National Palace was once owned by a muslim taifa ruler in the 700s.
There’s another medieval castle in Sintra that we visited, Castle of the Moors.