After entering through the side door one comes in the middle of the Central Atrium with a fountain in the middle

After entering through the side door one comes in the middle of the Central Atrium with a fountain in the middle

Two corridors run to the left and right sides of the atrium

Two corridors run to the left and right sides of the atrium

The Monserrate Palace is built on Islamic architectural style

The Monserrate Palace is built on Islamic architectural style

There are stairs leading out of the Central Atrium to the upper level

There are stairs leading out of the Central Atrium to the upper level

Central Atrium is decorated with Indian alabaster panels

Central Atrium is decorated with Indian alabaster panels

Ceiling of the Central Atrium - this extravagantly decorated palace blends Portuguese, Arabian and Indian architectural styles

Ceiling of the Central Atrium - this extravagantly decorated palace blends Portuguese, Arabian and Indian architectural styles

This palace is one of the most beautiful buildings in Sintra

This palace is one of the most beautiful buildings in Sintra

Decorative details of a support pillar in the corridor, leading to the Music Room

Decorative details of a support pillar in the corridor, leading to the Music Room

A photo of the Cook Family, Sir Francis Cook bought this land in 1870 to build the palace

A photo of the Cook Family, Sir Francis Cook bought this land in 1870 to build the palace

The Billiards Room of the Monserrate Palace - there used to a medieval shrine at this site before this land was purchased by Francis Cook

The Billiards Room of the Monserrate Palace - there used to a medieval shrine at this site before this land was purchased by Francis Cook

A view from the window of the Billiards Room

A view from the window of the Billiards Room

A piece of a damaged plaster from the corridor on display inside the Billiards Room

A piece of a damaged plaster from the corridor on display inside the Billiards Room

Decorated walls of the Billiards Room

Decorated walls of the Billiards Room

James Knowles was the main architect of this palace

James Knowles was the main architect of this palace

The Music Room of the Palace - sometimes this room can be hired for the private events, such as weddings

The Music Room of the Palace - sometimes this room can be hired for the private events, such as weddings

Restoration work was carried out inside this room by cleaning of the motifs, installing the heating and better lightings

Restoration work was carried out inside this room by cleaning of the motifs, installing the heating and better lightings

A beautiful ceiling of the Music Room - probably, this is one of the most decorated rooms in the palace

A beautiful ceiling of the Music Room - probably, this is one of the most decorated rooms in the palace

A closer look at the walls of the Music Room

A closer look at the walls of the Music Room

Now, I am back to the Central Atrium - in this photo, dazzling Moorish Arches can be seen

Now, I am back to the Central Atrium - in this photo, dazzling Moorish Arches can be seen

A view from the upper level of the atrium

A view from the upper level of the atrium

Looking down at the stairs and the space beside the Central Atrium

Looking down at the stairs and the space beside the Central Atrium

A fountain lies in the middle of the atrium and it is surrounded by the Moorish Arches

A fountain lies in the middle of the atrium and it is surrounded by the Moorish Arches

Another corridor leads out of the Central Atrium, at the end of it, kitchen is located

Another corridor leads out of the Central Atrium, at the end of it, kitchen is located

A closer look at the ceiling of the atrium, while standing at the upper level

A closer look at the ceiling of the atrium, while standing at the upper level

Roof of the palace, seen from the atrium's upper level  - in the background, exterior of the Music Room can be seen

Roof of the palace, seen from the atrium's upper level - in the background, exterior of the Music Room can be seen

Interior of the Dining Room - rain-water caused some damage to this room but renovation work has repaired the damage

Interior of the Dining Room - rain-water caused some damage to this room but renovation work has repaired the damage

A decorative tree inside the Dining Room of the palace

A decorative tree inside the Dining Room of the palace

A central chandelier hangs from the ceiling in the library

A central chandelier hangs from the ceiling in the library

This room is well appointed and well looked-after

This room is well appointed and well looked-after

Probably, as per the nature of this room, dark colours are used to decorate the Library Room of the Monserrate Palace

Probably, as per the nature of this room, dark colours are used to decorate the Library Room of the Monserrate Palace

Shelves inside the library are well stocked with the reading material

Shelves inside the library are well stocked with the reading material

Windows of the Library Room open to the West and offers views of the park, surrounding the palace

Windows of the Library Room open to the West and offers views of the park, surrounding the palace

Southern section of the palace - when approaching from the south, this appears to be the front of the palace but entry  isn't allowed from this side

Southern section of the palace - when approaching from the south, this appears to be the front of the palace but entry isn't allowed from this side

Looking back at the corridor leading to the Central Atrium

Looking back at the corridor leading to the Central Atrium

Restoration work was carried out in 2001-2004 in this part of the palace

Restoration work was carried out in 2001-2004 in this part of the palace

Some of the old plasters were melted and turned into the newer pieces

Some of the old plasters were melted and turned into the newer pieces

Walls of the Southern Turret - plaster is used to cover the walls and enhance the beauty

Walls of the Southern Turret - plaster is used to cover the walls and enhance the beauty

An old telephone with a window next to it, showing the Monserrate Park

An old telephone with a window next to it, showing the Monserrate Park

Old electricity switches (maybe fuse boxes) are situated next to the southern turret

Old electricity switches (maybe fuse boxes) are situated next to the southern turret

Kitchen of the palace - in the past, an oak tree had grown out of this kitchen which was cut and walls re-built

Kitchen of the palace - in the past, an oak tree had grown out of this kitchen which was cut and walls re-built

New ceiling was installed to avoid water damage to the kitchen

New ceiling was installed to avoid water damage to the kitchen