Monserrate Palace and Gardens

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In 1858, Francis Cook contracted James Knowels Jr. to design the pavilion that he wanted to build in Monserrate. The architect found that he was restricted in various ways however, since he had to work with the existing structures of DeVisme’s old small Neo-Gothic Castle.

Monserrate jardim mexicoBut the construction followed Knowels’ plan and the building proved to be original and highly eclectic. The three bodies of the pavilion – topped by bulbous red cupolas - have facades opened by doors and windows of soft Gothic curves. Preceding the entrance is an equally Neo-Gothic portico with a cincture of large entablatures. In the cornice are alternate modillions of trilobite spirals and arches, and emerging from the central body is a balcony with arches ornamented with decorative tiles imitating the mudejar style, which overlooks a leafy park.

Inside the palace, the exuberant decoration of the plaster and domes accentuates the oriental style of the pavilion, particularly SWWParqueMonserratein the gallery and the “Music Room”, where a profusion of Indian and classical themes permeates the ensemble with its own dynamic, creating a unique aesthetic effect.

The superb gardens around the royal building were designed and created by Stockdale and Thomas Gargill, who used the micro-climate of the mountain to create a magnificent park where more than three thousand exotic species can still be seen today.



See also Monserrate Park 



(4 km from Old Quarter)
Estrada de Monserrate
2710-405 Sintra

Tel. #351 219 107 806
(Parques de Sintra - Monte da Lua, S.A.)


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