Postcards. Monserrate Palace, Sintra, Portugal

Helen Vechurko
2 min readFeb 26, 2023

February 18, 2023. Location scouting day

Monserrate Palace Sintra, Portugal.

Photo by the author, Helen Vechurko

“Lo! Cintra’s glorious Eden intervenes in variegated maze of mount and glen. Ah me! what hand can pencil guide or pen, to follow half on which the eye dilates through views more dazzling unto mortal ken than those whereof such things the bard relates, who to the awe-struck world unlocked Elysium’s gates.” Lord Byron

Today I’m scouting for our new adventures with Alice. In the next episode we travel in time. So I’m looking for a palace. A masterpiece. And extremely romantic of course. Ideally, a masterpiece of romantic architecture.

According to my research, The Monserrate palace is the one.

Back in the 19th century, it was home to Sir Francis Cook a wealthy merchant and art collector. Cook had a taste for traveling. I guess he wanted to bring the things he liked to his place. That’s why the design of the Monserrate palace combines Gothic, Moorish, and Indian influences.