An old arch beside the car park for the Monserrate Park & Palace at Rua Barbosa do Bocage

An old arch beside the car park for the Monserrate Park & Palace at Rua Barbosa do Bocage

A sign of Sir Francis Cook Square beside the park refers to the owner, who built this palace

A sign of Sir Francis Cook Square beside the park refers to the owner, who built this palace

Main gate of the Monserrate Park & Palace, ticket office is located next to this gate

Main gate of the Monserrate Park & Palace, ticket office is located next to this gate

Rua Visconde de Monserrate leads into the vast park of Monserrate

Rua Visconde de Monserrate leads into the vast park of Monserrate

The Monserrate Palace lies 3.5km to the west of Sintra

The Monserrate Palace lies 3.5km to the west of Sintra

30 hectare park around the palace is filled with many gardens, lakes and sites of different interest

30 hectare park around the palace is filled with many gardens, lakes and sites of different interest

Francis Cook purchased the land in 1870 and turned these ruins into a summer palace

Francis Cook purchased the land in 1870 and turned these ruins into a summer palace

Ruins of an old church in the park

Ruins of an old church in the park

There is very little remains of this old chapel but just an outer shell

There is very little remains of this old chapel but just an outer shell

The building itself is surrounded by lush vegetation and ruins look bit spooky

The building itself is surrounded by lush vegetation and ruins look bit spooky

A tree grows out of the chapel and its branches are spread over the walls

A tree grows out of the chapel and its branches are spread over the walls

Wood used to form a barrier beside the Lagos Ornamentais

Wood used to form a barrier beside the Lagos Ornamentais

Gardens are spread out on beautiful terraces of the park

Gardens are spread out on beautiful terraces of the park

Sir Francis Cook hired James Knowles as the architect and William Nevil as Botanical expert and landscaper

Sir Francis Cook hired James Knowles as the architect and William Nevil as Botanical expert and landscaper

Jardim do Mexico (the Mexican garden) is one of the largest in the park

Jardim do Mexico (the Mexican garden) is one of the largest in the park

This garden sits at the lower slopes of the small hill where palace is situated

This garden sits at the lower slopes of the small hill where palace is situated

A view of the park while going up on the terraces

A view of the park while going up on the terraces

A tree is falling to the ground and it is supported by an iron pillar

A tree is falling to the ground and it is supported by an iron pillar

On the upper slopes, desert plants are grown on semi arid slopes

On the upper slopes, desert plants are grown on semi arid slopes

One could spend whole day here, enjoying the beauty of this park

One could spend whole day here, enjoying the beauty of this park

The palace of Monserrate sits among shady tees on a small hill

The palace of Monserrate sits among shady tees on a small hill

This palace is part of the Sintra Romanticism which is a huge attraction for the visitors

This palace is part of the Sintra Romanticism which is a huge attraction for the visitors

Islamic architectural style (Moorish) was used to build this palace

Islamic architectural style (Moorish) was used to build this palace

It took 5 years to complete this project

It took 5 years to complete this project

A huge tree beside the palace

A huge tree beside the palace

The branches of the tree were coming down to the ground

The branches of the tree were coming down to the ground

A breathtaking view of the park, while standing in front of the palace

A breathtaking view of the park, while standing in front of the palace

Lush greenery with rare species is the hallmark of this park

Lush greenery with rare species is the hallmark of this park

Exterior of the Monserrate Palace - beautiful arches are one of the most beautiful design mastered in al-Andalus

Exterior of the Monserrate Palace - beautiful arches are one of the most beautiful design mastered in al-Andalus

A veranda is built on one side of the palace, it offers wonderful views of the park

A veranda is built on one side of the palace, it offers wonderful views of the park

Entrance of the palace through veranda

Entrance of the palace through veranda

Strelitzia reginae (commonly known as Crane Flower) is  indigenous to South Africa

Strelitzia reginae (commonly known as Crane Flower) is indigenous to South Africa

A tree laden with fruit beside the palace

A tree laden with fruit beside the palace

A side view of the palace - in 1920s, this palace was put up for sale by Sir Francis Cook's great-grandson

A side view of the palace - in 1920s, this palace was put up for sale by Sir Francis Cook's great-grandson

In 1949, this palace was purchased by the state and opened it to the public

In 1949, this palace was purchased by the state and opened it to the public

Entry to the palace is through the side door with veranda but this side looks the most beautiful

Entry to the palace is through the side door with veranda but this side looks the most beautiful

Zaighum Abbas Ranjha - Monserrate Palace, Sintra

Zaighum Abbas Ranjha - Monserrate Palace, Sintra

Looking back at the palace, through thick foliage of the park

Looking back at the palace, through thick foliage of the park

This Indian Arch (upper half is missing) was bought by Francis Cook after the War of Independence in 1857, as a war loot from India

This Indian Arch (upper half is missing) was bought by Francis Cook after the War of Independence in 1857, as a war loot from India

Trees above the path leading out of the park

Trees above the path leading out of the park

An open-air photo gallery on one of the paths of the palace

An open-air photo gallery on one of the paths of the palace

A closer look at one of the displays

A closer look at one of the displays

NYC Oasis is the name of this photo, taken in the NYC's Central Park

NYC Oasis is the name of this photo, taken in the NYC's Central Park

Photo of a beautiful flower on display

Photo of a beautiful flower on display