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“Very beautiful, but not an unforgettable site”
Review of Monserrate Palace

Monserrate Palace
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Tram Ride and Visit to Monserrate Palace in Sintra
Ranked #4 of 69 things to do in Sintra
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Owner description: Not very far from the historic centre of Sintra is one of the most beautiful architectural and landscape Romantic creations in Portugal: the Park and Palace of Monserrate, unique representatives of 19th century eclecticism.
Guimaraes, Portugal
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50 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Very beautiful, but not an unforgettable site”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

It's beautiful, has an enormous and heterogeneous garden. Romanticism isn't my kind of thing, but if you like it, then you must visit. Nice place for a 1 hour visit.

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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“Trip back in time to see the Victorian Dream”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

Visited on 2nd January. Fantastic moorish interiors, lovely sunny terraces and atmospheric gardens. The place was decorated by a Victorian billionaire and is a complete fantasy palace based on the Brighton Pavilion. It is in the process of being restored and its amazing to see what has been done. There are pictures in every room of what it used to look like and it was great wandering around and thinking of the life that would have been lived here. There is a small restaurant here that does OK food (we had soup, quiche and coffee for 20 Euros for two) and has a microwave that you can use to heat baby food. There is a picnic area outside the gate and you may even be able to picnic inside but we did not check. To get here catch the #435 shuttle from outside Sintra station which drops you right outside. We came here in the morning at the start of our day and had the place to ourselves as everyone dived off the train and onto shuttle #434 to go the Pena Palace which was full to bursting and turning people away. We bought from the driver the 10 Euro tourist bus pass - this gave us a return trip from Estoril on the #418 (outside the Estoril train station = #417 in Cascais) and unlimited travel on the Sintra tourist buses - fantastic value. After seeing this palace we caught the #435 again to see the Quinta Da Regaliera before finally catching the #434 to the Pena Palace to catch the evening sun - best way round as by then the "hordes" were heading back to the station and it was much quieter.

Visited January 2013
7 Thank BonnieBunny
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Lisbon, Portugal
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149 reviews
51 attraction reviews
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“Monserrate Palace a unique place.”
Reviewed December 13, 2012

The Monserrate Palace and Park is one of those places that you understand how lucky you are only when you arrive. If people recommend you and say its great you might say let's go but it is only when you discover the paradise in Sintra going through the "long walk" finding the waterfalls, the small lagoons, the majestic tree with 300 year old like the Norfolk piness, the ginko biloba, the oak trees (Cork type), the palm trees, the pines, the ferns, the mushrooms, the flowers, the cactus and the rose garden. This is heaven on Earth. But when you get to the Palace, well that's a different story. The Neo Arab style with stucco interiors and noble woods looks like taken from fairy tale. I have not the ability to describe such a magical place. For your sake, go and see with your eyes.


Visited December 2012
4 Thank Francisco F
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Sintra, Portugal
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“Magnificent example of Sintra Romanticism”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

The Monserrate Palace is an exotic neo-gothic palatial villa located in Sintra, built in 1858 for Sir Francis Cook, a millionaire Englishman. It's a fine example of the Sintra Romanticism, along with other nearby palaces, such as the Pena Palace.
The most important and worth to see are the magnificent gardens, with tropical species and botanic rare trees.
The architecture is Mogul-style, built in the place of an old chapel, destroyed by the 1755 earthquake.
The inside of the building is interesting, but not stunning neither sumptuous.
There are some restauration works being done on the first floor

Visited December 2012
Thank Gonzalo F
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Terrific Site”
Reviewed December 8, 2012

We loved this site. The gardens are absolutely beautiful and the mansion is very nice. Pick a nice day if possible because the walk to the mansion is the highlight here.

Visited December 2012
Thank Sketerbud
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