A Palace in the Forest
The Palace Hotel of Buçaco: a Romantic palace in Neo-Manueline style, evoking the 16th-century architectural style characterising the peak of the Portuguese Age of Discovery.
The area around the Palace was part of a Carmelite convent established in 1628. The monks not only built a convent but also created a luxurious garden with many species of trees to represent the Earthly Paradise. In 1810 the Napoleonic wars in the Peninsular led to a particularly bloody battle here, Wellington and his men headquartered at the convent.
In the late 1800s there were plans to turn the ancient convent into a royal residence, but difficult political circumstances led to the decision to turn the palace into a hotel, which was built between 1888 and 1907. (Wikipedia)
Military Museum, Buçaco
It’s my rifle now o.O
tiny pink castle house in the forest
There’s a palace round the corner
Intended for Portuguese royalty (enjoyed by English idiot :)
All the prettiest windows in the world, all on one building.
The Palace’s colonnade, where in the summer you can sit and drink tea, like a properly civilised human being
Azuleijos (painted tiles) of some frightful sea bugger
Azuleijos (painted tiles) of some explorer chap and a whimsical bint
The old Convent, remnant of the 1600s
Convent niche. A nice niche
fluffy pink things
more fluffy pink things
MASSIVE purple things that were serviced by bees the size of coconuts
Wisteria! I know the name of this one
Window detail, Buçaco
Detail of the Neo-Manueline façade of Palace Hotel of Bussaco
Window detail, Buçaco
Angel at the door
It’s my house now
Window detail (another one), Buçaco
All the carved things.
And a fountain.
Like some glorious garden pizza made of shrubbery
Remnants of very large chess.
A fairy! (Ellie)
Awfully pretty place
In Portugal they’re so mad for lace that they can even make it out of stone
The ideal studio…
Everything was carved. Everything.
Another window, because look at it.
With His Grace the Duke of Wellington :D
And inside the building, everything is carved. Everything.
This is where they serve tea, if they like you. If they don’t like you, no tea for you; sit outside and pine.
Earl Grey served with classical music and *butlers*.
Everything was carved. Everything was beautiful. Everything was expensive. And butlers. I WANT TO LIVE HERE.
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Saturday 29, March, 2014