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Three Sintra Gardens: Monserrate, Regaleira and Queluz, by Gerald Luckhurst

  • 1 Oct 2019
  • 18:30 - 20:30
  • Portuguese Embassy


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Three Sintra Gardens:
Monserrate, Regaleira and Queluz
by Gerald Luckhurst

Tuesday, 1 October 2019, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

By Kind Permission of His Excellency Manuel Lobo Antunes,
The Portuguese Ambassador the talk and reception will be held at:

The Residence of The Portuguese Ambassador
12 Belgrave Square, London, 

Gerald Luckhurst has been creating and restoring gardens for the past thirty-five years. A landscape architect with an international portfolio, he is best known for his work on three award-winning projects in Sintra, Portugal: Monserrate, Regaleira and Queluz.

Since 1985, when Luckhurst first discovered the "Sleeping Beauty" that Monserrate had become, he  has made it his life's work to revitalise these gardens. This spectacular recovery was recognized by the European Garden Award as the Best Development of a Historic Park or Garden in 2013. More recently Gerald Luckhurst has published a history of Monserrate (in press 2019) based upon his doctoral thesis completed at the University of Bristol in 2014.

Luigi Manini was a well-known scenographer and architect who designed both the Bussaco Palace Hotel and Carvalho Monteiro's Sintra home, the Quinta da Regaleira. His work was however shrouded in mystery and largely misunderstood until the discovery of his personal archives by Gerald Luckhurst in 2001, which led to two major exhibitions in Portugal and Italy and a series of books and research projects. The gardens of Regaleira, never completed in Manini's time, have been richly planted to complement this bizarre architectural folly.

Co-Author and photographer of The Gardens of the National Palace of Queluz (2011) these gardens have long held a fascination for the speaker. Painstaking researches in the National Archives (Torre do Tombo) have produced results: not only as academic studies, but also in practical conservation work such as the restoration of the original colour scheme to the palace façades and the reimplementation of eighteenth-century garden plans. The Linnean layout for the reconstructed Royal Botanical Garden at Queluz was awarded the 2018 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage, Europa Nostra.


As you know previous events have been oversubscribed and preference will be given to APS members during the ticket allocation process. Ticket prices include drinks following the talk.

£15 Student (under 25)

£25 APS members

£45 APS joint members

£35 Non-APS members

For further information please email us at info@apsociety.co.uk

The Anglo-Portuguese Society is  a registered Charity

in England and Wales (No. 313589)

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