Monserrate Palace (Palácio de Monserrate)

Monserrate Palace



Location: Estrada de Monserrate

Tel. 219 237 300

Open: 1 May- 14 Jun, 16 Sept- 31 Oct: 9am- 7pm

15 Jun- 15 Sept: 9am- 8pm

1 Nov- 30 Apr: 9:30am- 6pm

Closed: 25 Dec


Description of The Monserrate Palace

The Monserrate Palace is a former palatial villa located near a town of Sintra in Portugal. The Monserrate Palace was build in 1858 for English baronet Sir Francis Cook (1817- 1901) on a site of an older residence. This British merchant and art collector was made Visconde de Monserrate by Portuguese King Luis. Sir Francis Cook was probably inspired by poem "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage" by Anglo- Scottish poet Lord Byron. Famous poet visited these lands in 1809 and description of natural landscapes might have drawn rich British merchant to these lands for inspiration. The design of the building was made by a British architect James Knowles who used Arabic motifs in his creation. Meanwhile the garden that surrounds Monserrate Palace was designated and organized by painter William Stockdale, botanist William Nevill and master gardener James Burt. Gardens of the villa harmoniously turn into wild forests and meadows that surround it. In 1920's Monserrate Palace was put for sale and after several owners it was bought in 1949 by a state.