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Palácio de Estói

The 'Pink Palace' was built at the end of the 18th century by a local aristocrat of the Carvalhal family. It is considered to be a very fine example of Neo-Classical architecture. The palace remained in the Carvalhal family until 1893, when it was sold to a wealthy chemist and landower from Beja. The money from the sale went - according to the will of the Carvalhal family - to the poor of the area. The new owner had the palace restored and augmented by Portugal's pre-eminent architect of the time, who did such a good job it earned the owner the title of Viscount of Estói in 1906. The palace passed down through the family until, in 1987, it was bought by the Municipal Council of Faro. It is currently in poor repair and waiting to be converted into a pousada. Visitors are free to wander the grounds, which now contain some fantastic specimen trees and plants as well as the faded grandeur of the architecture.

http://www.eastoffaro.com/guidebook/estoi.htm

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