The History of the Pousada de Faro
The Estoi Palace is a Rococo style work of art found in the district of Estoi, Faro County, unique in the region and dating back to 1840.
The palace was the idea of a local nobleman, Fernando Carvalhal de Vasconcelos, son of Francisco José de Carvalhal e Vasconcelos (the proprietor of the Casa das Açafatas in Faro). Another local, José Francisco da Silva, acquired the palace and finished it in 1909.
He became Viscount of Estoi thanks to the money and effort that he gave to its construction. The work was designed by architect Domingos da Silva Meira.
The influence for this commitment probably came from the example of D. Fernando de Saxe Coburgo, husband of Queen D. Maria II, who brought about the recovery of many historical Portuguese monuments and for the romantics still latent in the souls of the Portuguese of that era, not forgetting the golden age of the Belle-Epoque that they lived.
He contracted national artists in all areas and of the highest level of that era: garden landscaping, plastering and tiling, painting and watch making, sculpturing of woodwork. He also travelled to find works of art and international artists devoted to turning the palace into a true symbol.
Date of the Building:
Rococo Style Palace
José Francisco da Silva (Viscount of Estoi); Domingos da Silva Meira; Francisco José de Carvalhal e Vasconcelos; Manuel Caetano de Sousa; D. Maria do Carmo Mascarenhas; Maria do Carmo Melo, António Duarte Assis Machado
Attractions of the Pousada:
Porch House of the Nativity; the Three Graces by Antonio Canova; the Waterfall House; Pool, the Versailles-style gardens; the whole Palace, Gardens and Statues were classified as a Public Interest in 1977
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