Photographer's Note

The designer of this suggestive little romantic palace was James Knowles Jr. and it was built in 1858 on the initiative of Francis Cook, Viscount Monserrate, being one of the most interesting examples of Sintra Romanticism. A work in the Romantic-Orientalist spirit, with its great circular tower, bulbous cupolas and exotic decoration, the building recalls in particular the famous Brighton Pavilion of Nash, and English Romantic architecture.

However, as José Augusto França says, "Monserrate has a somewhat different scenographic sense, based on a greater wealth of archaeological details", constituted by its inspirational roots which - via English sources - are grafted on to the Moghul architecture. A unique case of Romanticism in Portugal.


Sugestivo palacete romântico cujo projecto se deve ao arquitecto James Knowles Jr., 1858. construido no terceiro quartel do século XIX, por iniciativa de Francis Cook, visconde de Monserrate, constitui um dos mais interessantes espécimes sintrenses do Romantismo.

Obra de espírito romântico-orientalista, com a sua grande torre circular, cúpulas bulbosas e valores exóticos na decoração o palácio aproxima-se designadamente do famoso pavilhão Brighton (1815-1823) de Nash e da arquitectura romântica inglesa. Como afirma José Augusto França, Monserrate tem, porém, «um sentido cenográfico algo diferente, apoiado numa maior riqueza de pormenores arqueológicos», constituindo pelas suas raízes inspiradoras - que, por via inglesa, entroncam na arquitectura mogol - um caso ímpar do Romantismo em Portugal.


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  • Copyright: Fernando Machado (fer) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 176 W: 16 N: 294] (1478)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2005-07-10
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/7.1, 1/640 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2005-07-13 6:13
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