Palaces in São Martinho

Seteais Palace

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The Seteais Palace is a neoclassical palace located in Sintra, Portugal. The palace is nowadays a luxury hotel, restaurant and a tourist attraction included in the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

History

The Seteais Palace was built between 1783 and 1787 for the Dutch consul Daniel Gildemeester, on lands granted by the Marquis of Pombal. The consul chose to build his house on the border of an elevation, from which the vast landscape around the Sintra hills could be admired. The palace was surrounded with a large garden with fruit trees.

In 1797, some years after the consul's death, his widow sold the palace to Diogo José Vito de Menezes Noronha Coutinho, 5th Marquis of Marialva. The palace was enlarged between 1801 and 1802, probably by neoclassical architect José da Costa e Silva, author of the São Carlos Theatre in Lisbon. The palace was turned into a symmetrical U-shaped building, with the consul's house becoming one of its wings. The cornice of the buildings that compose the main façade was decorated with typical neoclassical motifs like vases, busts and reliefs of garlands. The gardens of the palace were remodelled following romantic trends.

The old and the new wings were connected in 1802 by a neoclassical arch, built in honour of Prince regent John VI and Princess Carlota Joaquina, who visited the palace in that year. The monumental arch, decorated with the bronze effigies of the royal pair and a commemorative Latin inscription, is attributed to architect Francisco Leal Garcia.

The walls of several inner rooms of the palace were decorated with frescos attributed to French painter Jean Pillement and his followers. Painted motifs include exotic vegetation and mythological characters, typical of the neoclassical taste.

After changing hands several times, the palace was acquired by the Portuguese government in 1946. The Seteais Palace has been used as a luxury hotel since 1954 but its original characteristics have been preserved.

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viktorija ruskyte
15 May 2016
20-30min. train trip from Lisbon to Sintra. Absolutely beautiful and definitely worth it. The gardens are like a maze! Take a map and make sure to explore the caves too!
Martin Gillet
4 August 2014
Great Landmark, awesome time out with family. Stunning views & fun whereabouts (incl. the caves) within the properties. Caring Staff, big thank you to Bruno Cardoso First Aid as kids felt down ...
S.M.
5 February 2018
Magical place, really worth the 6 Euros. So much to see and small hidden places. One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.
Geert Smets
27 July 2015
This place is absolutely worth a visit because of its gardens. Take about 2 hours to explore them. It's only a short walk from the historic center of Sintra so no need to take a taxi.
Elena Eniushkina
29 July 2018
Excellent place for children and adults. Don’t forget to install the application or pick up an audio guide. Attention! Excellent time killer. You can even forget to watch the time.
Nuno Basto de Lima
11 August 2016
Awesome place to visit, specially during hot days. Very cool, with plenty to see, even if you just want to stay in the gardens. They should ask for money (tickets) and use it for some renovations.
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Rua Trindade Coelho 1, Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, 2715-311 Sintra, Portugal

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Sun 10:00 AM–7:00 PM
Mon 11:00 AM–6:00 PM
Tue 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
Wed 11:00 AM–6:00 PM
Thu-Fri 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
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