Monday, January 9, 2012

The Bussaco Palace in Luso, Portugal

The Bussaco Palace was constructed between 1888 and 1907, in the midst of a 250 acre woodland area, in the beautiful forest town of Luso in Portugal. It was designed by Italian architect Luigi Manini as a Romantic palace in the Neo-Manueline style, and originally served as a summer retreat for the Portuguese monarchy. However, as the construction of the palace was finished in 1907, only three years before the Republic was declared and monarchy ended, it was not used much as a royal residence.

exterior of the Palacio do Bucaco in Luso Portugal
The inner rooms of the palace are richly decorated with Neo-Manueline portals and stucco work, which imitates Manueline rib vaulting. On the inside walls of the palace, you will see stylish tile panels, which depict scenes from historical events and Portuguese literature. The interior of the Bussaco Palace has a classic Manueline style. All the rooms of the palace have exquisite antiques on display, as well as fine paintings adorning the walls.

interior of the Bucaso Palace in Luso, Portugal
Today, the Bussaco Palace in Portugal is a luxury hotel with a fantastic restaurant, and a renowned wine cellar boasting of the most incredible collection of Bucaco wines. The hotel has 60 bedrooms and six suites, all of which are luxuriously furnished and have the latest amenities. It is known as the Palacio do Bucaco in Portuguese.

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