From one pink Baroque country house to another, this time fully engulfed by the city, and home to one of Lisbon’s greatest public parks: the Tapada das Necessidades.
It is a Baroque Palace of the mid 18th c. erected on top of a convent and which now houses the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The history link is below. On an early Spring afternoon, the pink walls (unfortunately deprived of the original lime paint) with limestone trim glow gently under the Lisbon sun. In a few months they will become so bright as to be nearly impossible to behold.
The grotesque fountains are wild, ebullient Baroque creations (you can see either flames or tentacles or swirling reeds in the back of the one to the left). The main façade is a mass of Portuguese simplicity, interrupted only in the center by the beautiful limestone church portal – the entry to the Palace proper is to the left, beyond the park gate. The portal is pedimented and features the crisp, elegant and creative detailing of the João V period.
The garden façade (just above) is fittingly boring but well designed with simple adjustments to scale and detail in the windows to differentiate between levels. If they could only get rid of those AC window units…
Lisboa, Palácio das Necessidades.