Feb 27, 2010

Quinta do Bomjardim

Bomjardim Manor House
Manoir de Bomjardim
Solar do Bomjardim
Maniero di Bomjardim
Herrenhaus Bomjardim

The first reference to this Manor House was in 1580 when it belonged to the first India's Governor, D. Martim Afonso de Sousa. It was then only used for agricultural production, and had a medieval layout.
This property was bought, the 24th October 1587, by D. Diogo de Sousa, from Sousa Prado family, counts of Redondo and marqueses of Borba. Today the Manor House still belongs to the same family.
At the end of the 16th century the House started to be also used for recreational purposes, and the garden design was influenced by the italian tendencies, so in fashion at the time.
In front of the House exists a 56mx26m terrace used for the first football game in Portugal, in 1888, organized by the Pinto Basto brothers, neighbours to the Bomjardim Manor House.

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