The History

The origin of this palace is based on a sixteenth century noble house, progressively rebuilt during the XVII and XVIII centuries, in the hands of the Meneses family. Although little affected by the 1755 earthquake, the building eventually fell into ruin.

More recently the palace has gone through an intervention and most of its interior was reconstructed. At the moment it maintains only the original facade, to which an upper floor has been added. In the twentieth century, the palace chapel - invoking Our Lady of Monserrate – has also been renovated and is now open for visits and ceremonies.

There are references to ''Quinta da Terrugem'' since the 16th century, when the main property belonged to the Correia Barém family.

In the eighteenth century, the property belonged to the Meneses family, a period that was linked to the History of Portugal, because its owner, D. Luísa Clara de Portugal, aka ''Flower of the Murta'', who was a favorite of King D. João V.

From the old property, still remains the palace two floors (remodeled in the XVIII century) and the main porch with complete arches (XVI century).

The chapel has at the entrance the coat of arms granted to Damião Dias da Ribeira which dates from 1549.



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