The Castle of Sintra Portugal


P├ílacio Nacional da Pena in Sintra, Portugal is one of the most stunning pieces of architectural whimsy ever constructed. The palace, designed mainly in the country's Manueline style, displays intricately sculpted windows, perfectly paneled azulejo tiles, and Moorish influenced arches and detailing. The town sits just a half hour outside of Lisbon and is spectacular, with much to see, so allot at least a full day here. Photo-ops are at every turn, so grab that selfie stick out and get ready to feed your hungry Instagram.

One of the most well-known and obvious details of the palace is this window with the depiction of a newt, symbolizing the allegory of creation of the world. 

Hiding in King Koopa's turtle shell! As I noticed all the quirky details it felt more like I had entered  the old Super Mario Bros. video game. 

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