Exteriors of Palácio Anadia Mangualde


The main baroque characteristics of the Portuguese noble house of the eighteenth century are evident in this landmark. The main façade of the building, facing west, extends horizontally, articulating the frontage with small protruding pilasters, framing 16 elegant windows, with special highlight on those of the noble floor, more decorated with arched cornices and topped in the central part with shell motifs, foreshadowing the rococo. All the symmetry of the frontage converges to the central axis marked by sober portal surmounted by a stone of arms, flanked by pilasters that in turn support an imposing balcony of balcony. At the northern end of this façade, there is a unmistakable body, connected to the corners of the main building, the chapel of the house 2, with a rich portico, topped by a window for interior brightening, surmounted by an entablature of sober stone.

In the south-facing façade, framed by a yard shaped by a wall with the entrance gate and by a low house with several dependences of the ranch (shops, cellar, wine press, etc.), we can admire a body torn by two large overlapping balconies, flanked by two hesitantly propelling side bodies, finalized at the bottom and top by two windows of exquisite masonry work (of the same design as those following the horizontal plane of the windows of the main façade). In the central axis a harmonious staircase of two curves of horseshoe curves leads to the porch of access to the house, covered with vaults of edge and lined with panels of tiles, between which open two entryways of great stone work. Over this, there is an extensive gallery framed by four large arches culled together by a balustrade, as opposed to four beautiful doors of the central body (accesses of the ballroom) and two of the lateral bodies, ending with a ceiling painted wood with baroque motifs.

The north facade, taking advantage of the incline of the land, creates both length and height, assuming palatial extents and magnificence, without neglecting the technical mastery of an exquisite architectural risk, mirrored in the nine windows of the noble floor of exquisite masonry topped by arched cornice, framed on a central axis of three bows arched, flanked by row of windows of simple stonework. On the west side, a calm yard, built to enjoy the roof of the chapel, offers a delightful view over the garden.

At long last, the façade at the source demonstrates a perplexing cover of advances completed in a chain, solving with singular harmony some conceptual problems of the projected architectural spaces, presumably to integrate part of the old seventeenth century house. This peculiarity of the façades of the house are all different, but of great aesthetic and technical quality, makes it another differentiating element that enhances this house.

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