William Beckford takes over the lease of the estate and initiates works

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In 1793 another Englishman, William Beckford, took over the lease of the estate and explored its natural qualities through the creation of a landscaped garden that emphasised the picturesque, the beautiful and the sublime.

Beckford's departure in 1795 left the property in a state of abandonment but its progressive decay, despite being regretted, deepened a feeling of melancholy that suited the romantic taste, as masterfully expressed by Lord Byron’s poem of 1809.



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Published in 3/04/2019

Updated in 19/02/2021

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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”