Beautiful Portugal, beautiful Sintra, beautiful Monserrate
The Monserrate complex is as exotic as it sounds. One of the finest landscapes gardens of the romantic era, created by Sir Francis Cook. This ancient country estate with an area of 33 hectares contains a remarkable botanical collection of species from all over the world, successfully acclimatized and and offering contrasting environments along winding paths, among ruins, secluded crannies, lakes and waterfalls.The walking tour passes trough Mexican Cedars, Japanese Garden, Mexican garden , Rose garden, Chinese Cypress, Tree-ferns from Australia. It’s magical , wandering among plants from all over the world.
It is named after a small hermitage built in the same place by Friar Gaspar Preto in 1540, dedicated to Our Lady of Monserrate. In the 18th century there used to be a country estate with fruit trees. Monserrate Palace was then transformed in 1856 into a summer residence for the Cook family by the British architect James T. Knowles. Raised on the ruins of the neo-gothic mansion built by Gerard de Visme in 1790, it is a unique testimony of the 19th century eclecticism.
In 1995 UNESCO lists the Sintra Hills, where the Quita of Monserrate is located, as Culturel Landscape, World Heritage. This was the first Cultural Landscape listed in Europe.