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Bussaco Palace

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HISTORY

Considered as the last legacy of the kings of Portugal, located in the Mata Nacional do Bussaco, in the parish of Luso, in the district of Aveiro, Portugal, it consists of an architectural, botanical and landscape group unique in Europe, currently occupied by the Bussaco Palace Hotel, classified as one of the most beautiful historic hotels in the world. The building was designed in the late 19th century by the Italian architect Luigi Manini, set designer at the National Theater of São Carlos.

In Neo-Manueline style, it is decorated with tile panels, frescoes and paintings depicting the Epic of the Portuguese Discoveries, all signed by great artists. The external structure is inspired, in some ways, by other Portuguese historic buildings, such as the Belém Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery and the Convento de Cristo, presenting characteristics of the Gothic and romantic styles in contrast to austere monastic severity.

WHY THIS PLACE

Offer your guests a palatial reception and the opportunity to get to know the old pomp of the Kingdom of Portugal up close.

CURIOSITIES

• Also part of this complex are the gardens, the park, the Convent of Santa Cruz do Bussaco, the monastic Desert, the Sacromonte (symbolizing Jerusalem and the passion of Christ, with its steps of the Via Sacra), the Cruz Alta and the countless chapels and chapels, constituting the widest architectural ensemble built by the Order of the Discalced Carmelites.
• Vale das Samambaiase and its lakes, Fonte Fria with its artificial waterfall, of strong Italian influence, and romantic viewpoints are other attractions of this unique place.

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