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In spite of the rainy weather which we experienced in Monte Palace Tropical Garden, as you see, we could still enjoy lush green vegetation and elegant red Asian style structures. The only missing element was the blue sky.
This photo was taken from the terrace of the Monte Palace:
https://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/Portugal/photo1595942.htm
and below the pagoda you can spot two dogs guarding Buddha statue which you have seen in my previous posts from this garden:
https://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/Portugal/Islands/Madeira/Monte/photo1595720.htm
At the upper edge of the frame there would be a stunning panorama over Funchal, but the sky was washed out and dull, so I decided to keep this part to a minimum.
Because I never mentioned anything about the history of the garden, I decided to paste below something about this place for those of you who are curious.

Source: montepalace.com
In the 18th century the English Consul Charles Murray, bought a property south of the church in "Monte" and transformed it into a beautiful estate, then called "Quinta do Prazer" (The Pleasure Estate). Towards the end of the 19th century, some of the wealthiest families of Madeira used to live in fine estates situated on the outskirts of Funchal.
In 1897, Alfredo Guilherme Rodrigues acquired the forenamed estate and, inspired by the palaces that he once saw on the margins of the Rhine River, he built a palace-like residence which was later converted into a Hotel named the "Monte Palace Hotel".
This Hotel was visited by eminent national and foreign people who appreciated and enjoyed this lovely resort with its breathtaking views of Funchal and the natural surroundings.
In 1943, Alfredo Guilherme Rodrigues passed away. Unfortunately his family did not pursue his undertaking, consequently leading to the closing of the hotel which, in the meantime, was taken over by a financial institution, the "Caixa Econ鏔ia do Funchal".
In 1987, that Financial Institution sold the Monte Palace Hotel to the entrepreneur Jos Manuel Rodrigues Berardo. This was how the "Monte Palace Madeira" originated.
Since it's acquisition the "Monte Palace Madeira" has been re-established, with both exotic plants native to various countries (Cycads and Protea from South Africa, azaleas from Belgium, heather from Scotland, among others) and indigenous plants from the Madeira forest namely, "Laurissilva", such as ferns, cedars, laurels, Canary Laurels, etc. The garden was also enriched with the introduction of Koi fish into the existing lakes. Two more lakes with a capacity of 300,000 litres of water were also built. These incorporate a sophisticated filtering system and water purifier, without the use of chemicals that ensure a healthy habitat for the fish, which provide an enjoyable display of colours for our visitors.
The garden lanes were adorned with blazonry, squared stones, windows, niches, pagodas, Buddhas, lanterns from different parts of the world and sculptures in natural or cut stone. Walking through the garden, you can admire the renowned ceramic tile collection (dating from 15th - 20th centuries), a panel of 166 terracotta glazed tiles entitled "The adventure of the Portuguese in Japan" and a group of 40 panels portraying the History of Portugal, including the most important events of the kingdoms and the Republics.

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