Gerard Devisme rents the estate and constructs the first palace

01/01/1790View on timeline


Illustrious English inhabitants (Monserrate is coveted by the English Romantics).

The community of rich English merchants based in Lisbon soon discovered the charms of Sintra, which were held in particularly high esteem in the early Romantic period.

In 1790 the site of Monserrate was rented by Gerard de Visme, who immediately ordered a small palace to be built in the neo-Gothic style that was then beginning to emerge in England. Built according to a longitudinal plan, marked by a central body and fortified towers at its ends, the construction was carefully erected on the hill to take advantage of the superb views of the mountains and the sea.



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Published in 3/04/2019

Updated in 19/02/2021

All events in the topic Monserrate Chronology:

Invalid DateLeasing of the estateLeasing of the estate
Invalid DateThe property is sold to Saúl SáraggaThe property is sold to Saúl Sáragga
Invalid DateThe Portuguese state purchases the propertyThe Portuguese state purchases the property
Invalid DateCompletion of the plan to restore the roofsCompletion of the plan to restore the roofs
Invalid DateCreation of Parques de SintraCreation of Parques de Sintra
Invalid DatePrize for the “Best Public Restoration Plan”Prize for the “Best Public Restoration Plan”