Seteais Palace

An elegant Neo-Classical palace surrounded by beautiful gardens

Built in the last quarter of the 18th Century by Daniel Gildemeester, at the time Dutch Consul in Portugal, this palace was given its present form after the enlargement works carried out in first years of the 19th Century, when it belonged to Dom Diogo Josรฉ Vito de Meneses Noronha Coutinho, 5th Marquis of Marialva and Royal Chamberlain.

This aristocrat was responsible for building the east wing and the majestic triumphal arch surmounted by the Royal coat-of-arms and a medallion with the effigies of King John VI (1767-1826), at the time still Prince Regent, and his wife Carlota Joaquina of Spain to commemorate their visit to the Palace in 1802.

Seteais Palace is a Neo-Classical building, attributed to the architect Josรฉ da Costa e Silva , following the Renaissance values of Neo-Palladianism .

Seteais Palace at night
Seteais Palace interior

The interior is notable for spacious rooms decorated with frescos attributed to the French painter Jean-Baptiste Pillement .

The Portuguese State acquired the Palace in 1946.

In 1954, while preserving its original features, it has been converted into a luxury hotel .

Seteais Palace