Portugal's Sintra with Pascal Ansell

Portugal's Sintra with Pascal Ansell


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Join art writer Pascal Ansell for an exploration of Sintra as we weave our way down the spiraling cobbled streets that paved their way into Portugal's collective imagination. Sintra's dreamworld of palaces and its Moorish Castle is one many are familiar with, and down below the town is curiously lacking any straight or linear streets. Compared to Versailles, its palaces are a celebration of glorious disorder. A key philosophy defines the town: nineteenth-century Romanticism. Getting underneath this movement will be key to making sense of a site that displays willful confusion, an attack on reason and rationality that could be seen as Portugal's most exaggerated, yet most Portuguese town.

Key highlights to our seminar are the holy triad of the Pena, Regaleira, and National palaces. But we will dive into some little-known corners that speak to the late 19th century attitudes on nature, and how these quieter areas let flourish, after the human effort carved out the possibility.

Lord Byron sighed, "Sintra, Glorious Eden", and together we will deepen our appreciation of a town that is Portugal in its idiosyncratic extreme.

Led by local Lisbon expert Pascal Ansell, this interactive discussion will discuss Sintra's history, architecture, and influences from abroad. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better understanding of the significance of this beautiful Moorish castle.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
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Beyond my expectations

Pascal's enthusiasm was obvious and combined with his pictures and videos I felt like I was there.

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M.
Sintra

Pascal presentation was engaging , energetic & knowledgeable presentation.?Portugal has been on my list fir a long while. Pascal’s description of places to study & visit- and what walks& hikes of interest was what I need to begin planning when we can travel again. Thank you.

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A.

I appreciate getting an insider's view of the places I can't visit right now -- but that I hope to visit in the future.

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A.

I have enjoyed several of your Conversations in the past 3 weeks. Yesterday, I had to leave the Conversation after about 15 minutes because the connection was awful. Pascall was getting cut off and I could not follow. I would really appreciate a refund.

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D.

Great presentation but a bit short. Expected it to last until 6:30 but it ended at 6:10. That is pretty short for the price.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
67%
(4)
17%
(1)
17%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
C
C.B.
Beyond my expectations

Pascal's enthusiasm was obvious and combined with his pictures and videos I felt like I was there.

M
M.
Sintra

Pascal presentation was engaging , energetic & knowledgeable presentation.?Portugal has been on my list fir a long while. Pascal’s description of places to study & visit- and what walks& hikes of interest was what I need to begin planning when we can travel again. Thank you.

A
A.

I appreciate getting an insider's view of the places I can't visit right now -- but that I hope to visit in the future.

A
A.

I have enjoyed several of your Conversations in the past 3 weeks. Yesterday, I had to leave the Conversation after about 15 minutes because the connection was awful. Pascall was getting cut off and I could not follow. I would really appreciate a refund.

D
D.

Great presentation but a bit short. Expected it to last until 6:30 but it ended at 6:10. That is pretty short for the price.