The sanctuary of Peninha, hidden in plain sight

Leaving the town of Sintra behind, past the enchanted forest, at the top of a hill, you reach Peninha. The view is breathtaking and I can’t help but imagine what it must have been like 100, 300 or 500 years ago.

The sanctuary of Peninha is relatively unknown, even to a lot of people living in the Lisbon metropolitan area –  the peace and quiet you get to experience once there is an obvious consequence of that.

Today you’ll find a sanctuary and a “palace”, but this is actually the third sanctuary to be built there, originally a small chapel built towards the end of the 17th century. The “palace” was a work commissioned in the early 20th century by none other than Carvalho Monteiro, aka “Monteiro dos Milhões”, famous (among other things) for having been the owner of Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra.

We’ll continue to explore Peninha on my next post. Until then…


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