Sintra City Hall

An unusually flamboyant town hall, and one of the most prominent landmarks in the town of Sintra.

TravelCurious Tip

Don’t drive to Sintra — take the train instead. Then the Sintra City Hall is just a five minute walk from the town’s train station!

Sintra’s town hall is no ordinary town hall — but then Sintra is no ordinary town. It’s a magical place, with palace after palace, each outdoing the last for sheer flamboyance. In this context, the Sintra City Hall fits the bill perfectly. It may deal with the day-to-day bureaucracy and mundane tasks, but it does so in Disney-like style.

From a distance, the first thing the visitor will see is the soaring clock tower and spire roof that dominate Sintra’s skyline. The spire gleams with green and white tiles bearing motifs of the Portuguese coat of arms. Closer up, the building’s extravagance only grows, as the ornate Manueline style of design stonework comes into focus.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to see inside, because people do actually work there, as odd as that may seem. But the exterior alone warrants a visit and complements the rich architectural history of Sintra as a whole. Be sure to see the nearby Palácio Nacional da Sintra too — the only neighbouring building that can challenge the City Hall’s domination of the skyline.

Nearby Attractions

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This municipality is a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its vast 19th century Romanic monuments.
Castle of the Moors
Built between the 8th and 9th centuries, this military outpost in Sintra played a key role in the Reconquista against Arab rule.
Sintra National Palace
A striking and eclectic mix of architectural styles, this is most likely the best preserved medieval palace in all of Portugal.
Quinta da Regaleira
This romantic UNESCO World Heritage Site displays the wealth and extravagance of the Portuguese elite.
Well of Initiation
This ceremonial well features a spiral staircase into a tunnel system that connects it to other monuments and caves around the park.
Portal of the Guardians
One of the main features is the Portal of the Guardians which stands at one end of a courtyard. This long curved structure is flanked by two towers with a central pavilion, hiding the entrance to a tunnel that leads to the Initiation Well.

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