Monserrate Palace

Located in the hills of Sintra, Monserrate Palace is an architectural masterpiece, surrounded by lush gardens and captivating landscapes. Many don’t know that the palace we see today was heavily influenced by a British man’s dream in the 19th century. Let’s take a look at the history behind Monserrate Palace, its architecture, and what you can expect when visiting.

History

The history of Monserrate Palace unfolds across centuries and starts with Sir Francis Cook in the 19th century. An English entrepreneur and art aficionado, Cook envisioned a summer retreat that blended with the natural splendor of the surroundings. 

Construction of Monserrate Palace began in 1858 and extended for over a decade, resulting in a palace that embraced influences from diverse cultures and historical periods. Over the course of its existence, the palace underwent changes in ownership and weathered periods of neglect, only to be lovingly restored to its former magnificence by the Portuguese state.

Architecture

Monserrate Palace showcases a mix of architectural styles that harmoniously come together. The influences of Moorish, Gothic, and Indian traditions create a remarkable blend of design.

As you approach the palace, you’ll be amazed by the intricate stonework, graceful arches, and beautiful details inspired by the Moorish style.

Inside, the palace’s interiors feature colorful tilework, stunning paintings, and impressive stained glass windows that reflect the grandeur of Gothic and Indian architecture.

The well-maintained gardens feature winding paths, vibrant flowers, and peaceful water features that perfectly complement the palace’s beauty, creating a seamless connection between nature and architecture.

Visiting Times & Tickets

Guests can visit both the park and the palace. The park is open between 9 am and 7 pm, while the palace is open between 9:30 am and 6:30 pm.

The park and palace of Monserrate prices are:

  • Adults (18 to 64 years) – 8 euros
  • Youth (6 to 17 years) – 6.50 euros
  • Seniors (65+ years) – 6.50 euros
  • Family (2 adults + 2 youths) – 26 euros

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