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Nestled on a gentle green slope, Palacio de Monserrate presents a mix of Portuguese, Arabian, and Indian architectural styles surrounded by gardens of exotic plants. Built in 1858 for Sir Francis Cook--one of Britain's three richest men at the time--the palace features a range of styles and details that are uncommon on the Iberian Peninsula. Join a guided tour or take a leisurely walk around the site. Watch for lavishly decorated windows, walls, and arches, and walk through long hallways lined with marble pillars. View opulent gardens that host rare and expensive plants, and look for the remains of an old chapel at the site amidst the thick roots of overgrown trees. Plan to visit Palacio de Monserrate and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Sintra attractions using our Sintra trip planner.
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Palacio de Monserrate Reviews
Wonderful----beautifully restored and with clear interesting story boards and an excellent video with the son of the family who looked after the house and garden in the halcyon days,fabulous... more »
This is a very small palace but beautifully and intricately designed. Very unconventional. The design veers towards Moorish architecture. It takes around half an hour to tour the building but one can.... more »
Beautiful grounds. Inexpensive entrance price. The house was beautiful - quite empty of furniture when we attended, but this allowed us to see the decor more easily. On the day we went, a lot of the gardens were closed due to fire safety. This is an important and necessary precaution, but it might be worth checking if this will happen during your visit.
Wow. Absolutely stunning building, and almost no one there! The gardens are amazing, and it wld have been easy to wander for hours. They have specific paths recommended for those w limited mobility, and a free little shuttle that can drive you to the main spots, but if you are willing/able to walk on rougher terrain, it's worth it. We really enjoyed it. The cafe was cute. Signs throughout so you don't get lost.
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