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One stop is the “Monserrate Palace” which was built in the mid-1850s and has oriental architecture popular in Europe at this time. There is a garden in the back that was planted by Sir Francis Cook; in the 19th century, he imported over 3,500 species of plants to this one garden to add to its spectacular and unique lushness. It is a perfect place to simply wander around and take a nap in the shade.
The Seteais Palace is a hotel as well as attraction. Its name means “7 echos,” which hints to its magnificence and mystery. It also has beautiful, immaculate gardens with acacia, oleander and rhododentron.
Another impressive palace is the Pena Palace who was built the King Fernando II or otherwise, Ferdinand of Saxe Coburg-Gotha. It is an Gothic building that attempts to mimic at least part of some of the most ‘famous’ buildings in Europe, for instance the Chartres cathedral in France, Windsor castle and Cologne Cathedral. The castle also engraved and emblazoned with Portuguese seafaring motifs, like anchors and ropes. In other words this castle is truly unforgettable. It even has Islamic domes of gold alongside pink-tressled towers, quite a monstrous combination- perhaps a hint of the disconnectedness of the Portuguese royalty to reality at the time.