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Pal塶io do Marqu瘰 de Pombal

The Marquis of Pombal Palace was the residence of Sebasti緌 Jos de Carvalho e Melo, prime minister of King D. Jose I and future Marquis of Pombal. He became famous when was put in charge of the reconstruction of Lisbon after the 1755 earthquake and when in 1759 he expelled the Jesuits from Portugal and all its dependencies.

The palace is a typical 18th-century manor house and is traditionally attributed to the Hungarian architect Carlos Mardel. It has a chapel consecrated to Our Lady of Mercy, stone made staircases and statuary, and remarkable tiled wall panels (azulejos). Adjacent to the palace are the gardens which are richly decorated with rustic columns and pebble paving, a cascade, a grotto, a pillar, a waterfall with semi-circular basins.

In WS1 you can see a closer view of the palace and its monumental staircase. The tree is a Norfolk Pine Tree, imported from Australia.

In WS2 is a view of one of the numerous beautiful tile panels decorating the low walls of the verandahs on top of the staircase.

Note: in the center and behind the palace we can see the bell towers of the main church in Oeiras.


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