Cascais as a beautiful tourist place, abounds in tourist attractions, so the museum Condes de Castro Guimaraes is an unavoidable place in it. It is located inside Marechal Carmona Park with a beautiful and well-preserved garden. The museum was built in 1900 as a house/summer house for Cascais aristocrats, and its builder was Jorge O'Neill who built according to the design of Francisco Vilaca. The romantic look and yellow facade of the museum is unique. The styles attributed to him are neo-romanticism, neo-gothic, neomanueline and neo-maure.
The very appearance of the museum entices you to visit it. A royal place, full of miracles from the 19th century romantic era. The museum was originally known as the Tower of St. Sebastian and it is precisely one of the main attractions of the museum. The tower that forms the basis of the museum is located in a bay on the beach of Santa Marta. It is surrounded by walls. It looks very nice inside, with beams on the ceilings, tiled walls and beautiful ceramic tiles. The rooms inside the museum are interconnected.
Manuel de Castro Guimaraes began living in the house in 1919. He lived there with his wife until his death in 1927. After his death, the house belonged to the state and the inhabitants of Cascais, at his request. In addition, his wish was for the house to become a museum and art gallery, which happened on July 12, 1931.
For years, this was the only museum in Cascais. Many items in the museum are from the period of his life. The exhibition itself is represented by art expressed through various paintings, furniture, jewelry, porcelain and a collection of old books, such as the chronicle of the House of Afonso Henrique, written in the 16th century.
Jorge O'Neill was of Irish descent and was considered a Portuguese aristocrat. He worked in the tobacco industry.
Ticket price for the Condes de Castro Guimaraes Museum
Regular ticket price 4 €
Reduced ticket price 2 € - for students and pensioners
Free entrance - every first week of the month
Opening hours of the Condes de Castro Guimaraes Museum
from Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m to 6 p.m
on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m to 1 p.m and from 2 p.m to 6. p.m
closed on Mondays
Author of the text:
Maja Glavaš, Bachelor with Honours in Communicology. Works in Tourism.
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