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The Palace of the Vis­count­ess of Espin­hal, it was built in the late 18th cen­tury. The con­struc­tion of the cen­tral ed­i­fice was con­cluded in 1818 by the chil­dren of Mag­is­trate Bernardo Salazar.

The fa­mous Vis­count­ess of Espin­hal, after whom the palace is named, was the daugh­ter of Mag­is­trate Bernardo Salazar and was awarded the ti­tle in 1868 by King Luís. She was renowned among the town's in­hab­i­tants as the great bene­fac­tress of Lousã. Dona Maria da Piedade de Melo Sam­paio Salazar sub­se­quently died in 1882, with­out be­ing able to fin­ish the mag­nif­i­cent build­ing which bears her name.

The Palace is ex­tremely im­por­tant not just be­cause it is the most im­pos­ing build­ing in the district but also be­cause it rep­re­sents the evo­lu­tion of the re­gional style at the end of the 18th cen­tury and early and mid19th cen­tury.

The main en­trance was added and the cen­tral sec­tion of the ed­i­fice was built dur­ing the neo­clas­sic pe­riod, in 1818, skill­fully blend­ing the lines of the pre­vi­ous tra­di­tion with the new style. The com­po­si­tion of the top, the pin­na­cles in the form of urns and the round shield con­fer an un­usual as­pect. The sculpted coat-of-arms con­sists of a shield di­vided into 4 quar­ters.


The four quar­ters of the coatof-arms de­pict the arms of the Eça (5 es­cutcheons united by the gir­dle of St. Fran­cis), Ar­naut (6 black li­ons), Salazar (13 eight­pointed stars) and Sar­mento (13 bezants) fam­i­lies.

The Palace is as­so­ci­ated with episodes from the French In­va­sion. "It is known that Mar­shal Massena, com­man­der of Napoleons troops, stayed in this house. In 1811, the troops com­manded by Mar­shal

Ney were sub­ject to an un­ex­pected noc­tur­nal at­tack by An­gloPor­tuguese troops and leaped from the nar­row me­dieval bridge over the Ceira River in panic after hav­ing been de­feated. In the mean­while, Massena was pre­par­ing to sit down for din­ner but when he heard this news (the dis­as­ter which had be­fallen the French troops at the bat­tle of Foz de Arouce) he fled in haste. Shortly there­after, the Duke of Welling­ton made a tri­umphant en­trance into Lousã and, sit­ting down at the table Massena had aban­doned, he was able to sa­vor with re­dou­bled de­light the din­ner which had been pre­pared for his en­emy..." (Nel­son Cor­reia Borges, Coim­bra e Região, adapted). On that day the Duke of Welling­ton wrote a re­port de­scrib­ing the events, which is a his­tor­i­cal cam­paign doc­u­ment). 42 rooms and 4 suites

A Vis­con­dessa Restau­rant

Out­door swim­ming pool

Meet­ing cen­ter with 5 rooms

Game room

Chil­dren's play area


Gift shop


Free Wi-fi

Or­ga­ni­za­tion of wed­dings and events

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