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Hi dear TE friends,

The Autumn is coming in Portugal...

Yesterday, I was in Sintra and visited the Monserrate's Park and the Regaleira's Palace. Next picture will be about the Regaleira Park and Palace.

This one, It's from Palace of Monserrate in a cloudy day.

Have a nice Sunday !

Monserrate Palace and Park

The Monserrate Palace is one of the best illustrations of the Romantic architecture in Sintra. The original building was built in the 18th century in imitation of a medieval castle.
The park and palace of Monserrate, formerly a farm with fruit orchards and crop fields, were first imagined by Gerard DeVisme, who rented the farm from the Melo e Castro family in the 18th century. He decided to raise a Neo-Gorhic style mansion that was later inhabited by the English writer William Beckford and, later, by Francis Cook.
In 1858, after a period when the building was abandoned, Francis Cook delivered the reconstruction project to the architect James Knowles Jr. The building acquired then its current look. The project of the Palace of Monserrate included still the creation of the prosperous Park of Monserrate, where the landscape painter William Stockdale, the botanist William Nevill and the master gardener James Burt, created the contrasting scenarios that are to be found in the park, where narrow winding footpaths intertwine amongst ruins, nooks and crannies, waterfalls and lakes, in what, at first sight, seems to be an apparently disordered fashion.
The Palace and the Park of Monserrate are located at about 4 km from Sintra’s historical centre. Only the Park is opened for visitors, everyday of week, since the Palace is now closed for the Public.
Last admission: an hour before closing

Nikon D40X
2008/11/09 10:01:16.4
Compressed RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Lens: 70-300mm F/4-5.6 D
Focal Length: 100mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/200 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: +5.0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Optimize Image: Vivid
White Balance: Auto +3
AF Mode: Manual
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Enhanced
Sharpening: Medium high

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