Palacio de Monserrate

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    Monserrate is a romantic neo-gothic palace with Moorish inspired details. It is located on a hill near Sintra, Portugal and was originally the site of a 16th century Chapel which was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake. The present palace was built in 1858 for Sir Francis Cook, Viscount of Monserate, and was used as a summer residence. The design of the gardens took advantage of the unique microclimates of the mountain to produce a magnificent park in which over 3,000 exotic species can still be seen today.

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    1. allanmaciver 74 months ago | reply

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    2. heady start [deleted] 74 months ago | reply

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    3. Mr. Happy Face - Peace :) 74 months ago | reply

      Impressive Shot ! Bravo to You :)

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    4. donolew 74 months ago | reply

      Amazing structure; beautiful photo!

    5. kusula 74 months ago | reply

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    6. Sam0hsong 74 months ago | reply

      Impressive capture Kathy! ~Sam

    7. wilderness guy!. 74 months ago | reply

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    8. mamherrera 74 months ago | reply

      Desconocía este lugar tan especial.
      Gracias por compartir tu foto.

    9. TonyFernando 74 months ago | reply

      Very impressive image!

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    11. Steven Olmstead 74 months ago | reply

      Lovely shot Kathy

    12. deep orange [deleted] 74 months ago | reply

      Great shot, Kathy! The details in this shot are stunning.

    13. Barbacci 74 months ago | reply

      Absolutely stunning ..... the shot and the building!!!

    14. Henri H48 74 months ago | reply

      Such a wonderful building, the architecture is amazing!

    15. Raffa2112 73 months ago | reply

      It's fantastic! Just come out from a fairy tale!

    16. hyerois de souche 67 months ago | reply

      A wonderful photo, mixing two harmonious styles of architecture.
      A great job, dear Kathy.
      With my friendship. Martial

    17. kkmarais 67 months ago | reply

      Thanks so much, Martial! This unique palace was one of the highlights of our visit to Portugal.

    18. EilaK: Visit my nice galleries too! 50 months ago | reply

      Many thanks for this fantastic beautiful pic to my gallery!

    19. richcook7676 43 months ago | reply

      Sir Francis Cook, Bt. was first shown the ruin of Monserrate by Emily Lucas, daughter of an English family living in Portugal. Sir Francis bought Monserrate and the surrounding lands in 1856, married Emily and gave it to her as a present! He restored Monserrate entirely and formed its world famous gardens, importing rare species of plant and tree from all over the world. By gradual purchase he acquired many square miles of land and renewed the prosperity of the district, where villages and gardens had fallen into decay. In recognition of these services and his benevolence to the people, Cook was created Visconde de Monserrate in 1864 by Dom Luis, King of Portugal. Monserrate's story is a romance of engrossing interest to the botanist, the landscape gardener, the antiquarian and every lover of nature. It was, and continues to be, a fairytale romance to this day...

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