Room 101 - The beginnings
Sintra is the result of the occupation by several peoples since Pre-Historic times. Note mentioning the Archaeological Museum of S. Miguel de Odrinhas, for a journey that takes you back to the roots of Sintra.
Room 102 - Apples/Apples River
Considered as the fruit of sin, the Apples from Colares used to fell into the river, nearly covering its entire surface, becoming known as the Apples river, and so did the beach where it used to flow.
Room 103 - Sintra’s Casino
The Casino of Sintra was inaugurated in the 1920’s, as a leisure and cultural center. Despite it has shut the doors for gambling, the building remained with its original aptitude. Currently, it houses the Cultural Center Olga Cadaval and temporary exhibitions.
Room 107 - Garden of Eden
Sintra is a land of opulent orchards and fertile soils, praised by the Muslim geographer Al Bakri (in the 11th century). The garden of Monserrate is a beautiful example of this richness with over 3000 exotic species.
Room 108 - Colares Legend
According to the legend, the Countess of Compa escaped with her three children from Denmark after the King had killed her husband. When she arrived in Sintra, her 3 sons fell in love with the Moor Zeilão’s three nieces, and offered as dowry three gold necklaces. Thus, the town is known as Colares (= necklaces).
Room 202 - Azenhas do Mar
Its name comes from the ancient watermills that used to exist on the site. It became a seaside resort when, between 1930 and 1955, was settled the connection to Sintra by tram (which currently only reaches Praia das Maçãs).
Room 203 - Colares Wine
The Colares wine was the first Portuguese table wine produced since the middle Ages. It was the wine that could be found in the Portuguese caravels during the Discoveries of the 15th and 16th centuries.
Room 207 - Discoveries
Over the 15th and 16th centuries, the Portuguese launched into the Discoveries by sea and Sintra was taken as a reference point for sailors and navigators, meaning that they were coming home.
Room 208 - World Heritage Site
In 1995, Sintra was classified as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
Magical and romantic Sintra is the result of mutual work between man and God, Art and Nature.