Palace of Monseratte
When you arrive at the Palace of Monserrate
you walk through some quite impressive gates, on each pillar is a griffin holding onto a shield.
Monserrate is - here -
(click on the black box, which will vanish. Monserrate is directly beneath the +
The Palace is perched on top of a hill and was built in 1858 for Sir Francis Cook, who was created Visconde de Monserrate by King Luis. Cook commissioned architect James Knowles (designer of Grosvenor House) to build the palace, and it somehow looks a little like Brighton Pavilion with a Moorish influence. The palace was used as a summer residence by the Portuguese royals, it isn't very big and when we visited it wasn't possible to go inside. Owned by the state it's being renovated to be used as a museum.
Hmm, it was a beautifully hot and sunny day when we were there.
Without realising it I've managed some sort of theme this week. - Martin -
pointed out yesterday that all the pictures were of flying things. I wonder if a real griffin could have managed to get into the air?.
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