The National Palace of Sintra is located at the Praça Republic (the Republic Square) in Sintra

The National Palace of Sintra is located at the Praça Republic (the Republic Square) in Sintra

Exterior of the Sintra Palace - sometimes this palace is called the Town Palace

Exterior of the Sintra Palace - sometimes this palace is called the Town Palace

An old Muslim palace had existed here till Lisbon was conquered by Afonso Henriques (Afonso I), the first King of Portugal  in 1147

An old Muslim palace had existed here till Lisbon was conquered by Afonso Henriques (Afonso I), the first King of Portugal in 1147

A fountain at the entrance of the palace

A fountain at the entrance of the palace

A car is entering the palace through a private side road

A car is entering the palace through a private side road

In front of the National Palace of Sintra lies the Monte da Lua (Mountain of the Moon), which is covered in clouds

In front of the National Palace of Sintra lies the Monte da Lua (Mountain of the Moon), which is covered in clouds

To one side of the palace, there is a sudden drop and it creates a small valley with the few buildings inside the valley

To one side of the palace, there is a sudden drop and it creates a small valley with the few buildings inside the valley

The ticket office is located to the left of the door (seen in the background)

The ticket office is located to the left of the door (seen in the background)

This painting is named as

This painting is named as "Battle against Turks" probbaly this is one of many battles fought by the Portuguese and the Ottomans

In this painting, a Ottoman soldiers is seen fleeing the battle scene

In this painting, a Ottoman soldiers is seen fleeing the battle scene

Stairs lead to upper parts of the palace, into the Archers' Room

Stairs lead to upper parts of the palace, into the Archers' Room

A lightbulb casting its shadows of light and shade at the ceiling of the room

A lightbulb casting its shadows of light and shade at the ceiling of the room

The interior of the palace is a mix of Moorish and Manueline styles, with arabesque courtyards

The interior of the palace is a mix of Moorish and Manueline styles, with arabesque courtyards

A wooden storage cabinet inside the Archers' Room

A wooden storage cabinet inside the Archers' Room

Sintra town seen from one of the windows of the room

Sintra town seen from one of the windows of the room

The palace was first expanded by Dom Dinis (1261–1325), enlarged by João I in the 15th century

The palace was first expanded by Dom Dinis (1261–1325), enlarged by João I in the 15th century

Ceiling of the Swan's Room - this room is built in Manueline style

Ceiling of the Swan's Room - this room is built in Manueline style

Azulejos on one of the walls of the Swan's Room

Azulejos on one of the walls of the Swan's Room

Decorative details of the Swan Room

Decorative details of the Swan Room

View of Sintra town from one of the windows of the Swan Room

View of Sintra town from one of the windows of the Swan Room

A beautiful chandelier inside the Swan Room

A beautiful chandelier inside the Swan Room

No buildings from the Muslim rule or built during the first Portuguese king period had survived

No buildings from the Muslim rule or built during the first Portuguese king period had survived

Magpie Room (Sala das Pegas) is next to the Swans' Room and room is named because its ceiling is emblazoned with magpies

Magpie Room (Sala das Pegas) is next to the Swans' Room and room is named because its ceiling is emblazoned with magpies

It is said that in this room, the king John I was caught in the act of kissing a lady-in-waiting by his queen

It is said that in this room, the king John I was caught in the act of kissing a lady-in-waiting by his queen

Bedroom of King Sebastian - this room was called the Gold Chamber due to its decorations in the past

Bedroom of King Sebastian - this room was called the Gold Chamber due to its decorations in the past

This room was built at the start of the 15th century

This room was built at the start of the 15th century

Ceiling of the bedchamber of King Sebastian (Quarto de D. Sebastiao)

Ceiling of the bedchamber of King Sebastian (Quarto de D. Sebastiao)

The vine leaves at the walls of the room are from the beginning of the 16th century

The vine leaves at the walls of the room are from the beginning of the 16th century

The Mermaid Room - at the beginning of the 15th century this room was called the Wardrobe, the present painting on the ceiling comes from the 18th century

The Mermaid Room - at the beginning of the 15th century this room was called the Wardrobe, the present painting on the ceiling comes from the 18th century

After the Mermaid Room comes the Julius Cesar Room, it is named after the famous Roman leader, Cesar

After the Mermaid Room comes the Julius Cesar Room, it is named after the famous Roman leader, Cesar

There are many historial objects displayed inside the Julius Cesar Room

There are many historial objects displayed inside the Julius Cesar Room

Ceiling of the Crown Chamber - this room is named after the ceiling painting of the crown from the 18th century

Ceiling of the Crown Chamber - this room is named after the ceiling painting of the crown from the 18th century

A lamp inside one of the corridors, next to the Galleon Room

A lamp inside one of the corridors, next to the Galleon Room

The Galleon Room of the Sintra palace - this room display few items which may belong to the palace

The Galleon Room of the Sintra palace - this room display few items which may belong to the palace

Galleon ships are painted on the ceiling of the room

Galleon ships are painted on the ceiling of the room

This Portuguese gourd-shaped vase is from the 16th century

This Portuguese gourd-shaped vase is from the 16th century

A wine fountain is on display (18th century)

A wine fountain is on display (18th century)

Some of the colourful ceramics plates on display

Some of the colourful ceramics plates on display

Ceiling of the Galleon Room

Ceiling of the Galleon Room

The Galleon Room is a long narrow room with paintings displayed on its walls

The Galleon Room is a long narrow room with paintings displayed on its walls

Wooden stairs provide access to other parts of the palace

Wooden stairs provide access to other parts of the palace

Priest's Room is a very small space tucked away, next to a garden

Priest's Room is a very small space tucked away, next to a garden

Outdoor gardens of the palace but access to this garden wasn't allowed

Outdoor gardens of the palace but access to this garden wasn't allowed

Next to the Priest's Room lies the Corridor of Coat of Arms

Next to the Priest's Room lies the Corridor of Coat of Arms

Interior of the Coat of Arms Room (Sala dos Brasoes)

Interior of the Coat of Arms Room (Sala dos Brasoes)

This room has probably one of the most elaborate ceiling in the palace

This room has probably one of the most elaborate ceiling in the palace

The walls of the Coat of Arms Room (Blazons Hall) are decorated with azulejos

The walls of the Coat of Arms Room (Blazons Hall) are decorated with azulejos

In the past, Portugal was known for producing one of the finest azulejos in Europe

In the past, Portugal was known for producing one of the finest azulejos in Europe

Around the beautifully tiled walls are scores of some other coats of arms of the children of the great Dom Manuel I

Around the beautifully tiled walls are scores of some other coats of arms of the children of the great Dom Manuel I

A huge table sits in the middle of the Blazons Hall

A huge table sits in the middle of the Blazons Hall

The ceiling, with its octagonal dome, is actually its most spectacular feature, with the royal Portuguese coat of arms, framed by a winged dragon, at its very top

The ceiling, with its octagonal dome, is actually its most spectacular feature, with the royal Portuguese coat of arms, framed by a winged dragon, at its very top

A closer look at one of the corners of the ceiling

A closer look at one of the corners of the ceiling

Part of the old palace of King Dinis is this room was used as the Bedchamber of Joao I

Part of the old palace of King Dinis is this room was used as the Bedchamber of Joao I

Now this room is called the Chinese Room (Sala Chinesa)

Now this room is called the Chinese Room (Sala Chinesa)

This room is named after the ivory pagoda from the 18th century

This room is named after the ivory pagoda from the 18th century

A chandelier hangs from the ceiling of the Chinese Room

A chandelier hangs from the ceiling of the Chinese Room

This chapel was built during the reign of King Dinis at the start of the14th century

This chapel was built during the reign of King Dinis at the start of the14th century

Ceiling of this chapel has Islamic architectural influence

Ceiling of this chapel has Islamic architectural influence

The Arab Room (Sala dos Arabes) was built at the beginning of the 15th century

The Arab Room (Sala dos Arabes) was built at the beginning of the 15th century

It was the bedchamber of Joao I

It was the bedchamber of Joao I

The Moorish fountain and tile revetment date from the beginning of the 16th century

The Moorish fountain and tile revetment date from the beginning of the 16th century

Ceiling of the Arab Room

Ceiling of the Arab Room

The Guest Room of the Sintra Palace - it was used at the privy chamber of Joao I

The Guest Room of the Sintra Palace - it was used at the privy chamber of Joao I

It was the most personal room which only the monarch had access

It was the most personal room which only the monarch had access

Entrance of the Manueline Hall

Entrance of the Manueline Hall

This hall was built by Manuel I at the beginning of the 16the century

This hall was built by Manuel I at the beginning of the 16the century

Interior of the Manueline Hall - the last major work here was carried out in 1930s

Interior of the Manueline Hall - the last major work here was carried out in 1930s

The Royal Kitchen of the Palace

The Royal Kitchen of the Palace

One of the two famous chimneys of the Royal Kitchen

One of the two famous chimneys of the Royal Kitchen

A Royal Coat of Arms inside one of the chimneys

A Royal Coat of Arms inside one of the chimneys

Inner side of the second chimney

Inner side of the second chimney

Originally, this kitchen was separate from the rest of the palace, built in the 15th century

Originally, this kitchen was separate from the rest of the palace, built in the 15th century

Some of the tiles and Royal Arms of Portugal are from the 19th century

Some of the tiles and Royal Arms of Portugal are from the 19th century

Probably, this area was used to collect the water for kitchen use

Probably, this area was used to collect the water for kitchen use

Here I am coming downstairs from the Archers' Room and palace is still full of visitors

Here I am coming downstairs from the Archers' Room and palace is still full of visitors

A pigeon quenching its thirst or enjoying a bath in the fountain

A pigeon quenching its thirst or enjoying a bath in the fountain

The National Palace of Sintra, seen from Volta Duche

The National Palace of Sintra, seen from Volta Duche