The Portuguese town of Sintra is famous for many beautiful castles. Palácio Nacional da Pena is arguably the most stunning of the lot. It stands proudly on a hilltop in the mountains above Sintra. Construction started with a chapel built in the Middle Ages, which was later turned into a summer residence for the royal family in 1847. Heavily inspired by German castles, it also features Islamic elements.
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