May 16, 2010

Blazons Hall National Palace Sintra



Sintra is a short day trip out of the city of Lisbon. Of its many wonderful sights, the National Palace is one of the best. After the area was recaptured from the Moors, the Palace became royal property. Embellishments followed from the 13 century onwards.

One part of the Palace of particular note is the Blazons Hall in its western part. Its decorations are overwhelmingly heraldic. The ceiling, with its octagonal dome, is its most spectacular feature, with the royal Portuguese coat of arms, framed by a winged dragon, at its very top.

Below it, around the beautifully tiled walls are scores of other coats of arms of the children of the great Dom Manuel I, and below it, of 72 other noble clans.

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