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Pena Park and National Palace is located on a hill in the town of Sintra in Portugal. This is an example of romantic architecture, which is characterized by a mixture of features characteristic of various architectural styles, splendor and richness of decorations. It has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and the List of National Monuments of Portugal. It is considered one of the seven wonders of Portugal. Currently, it is sometimes used for representative purposes by the president and high government officials.
During the Middle Ages, a permanent chapel dedicated to the Mother of God was located in the place where the palace is currently located. Then a monastery was built here, which was destroyed in the 18th century. In the nineteenth century, King Ferdinand transformed the remains of monastery buildings into a building with its current shape. The palace was used as the summer residence of the Portuguese royal family.
The palace is surrounded by a well-kept park, which was also designed in a style characteristic of the romantic era. There you can see many exotic species of plants, e.g. redwood, ginko, magnolia, cryptomeria, cypresses, cedars and woody ferns.