Made For: Henrique Mendonça Palace - Nova SBE
800 x 700 x 300 mm
PetG Piainted, Pine
Lisbon, 2016


About Henrique Mendonça Palace

Designed between 1900 and 1902 by Ventura Terra for Henrique José Monteiro de Mendonça, a wealthy plantation-owner in São Tomé and Príncipe, this eclectic-styled building received the Valmor Award upon its completion, in 1909. Denoting a sense of grandeur and dramatic effect, the glass dome over the vestibule is one of the most striking interior features, leading on to the staircase that connects to the stately top floor. The neo-rococo interior decoration boasts ornamental stuccos and mirrors in the Louis XV Room. The exterior is bordered by a wrought-iron railing in Art Nouveau style.

The Palace was bought by Aga Khan at the Nova University of Lisbon in 2016 and was officially inaugurated in July 2018, as seat of the Ismailis, during the Jubilee celebrations of Prince Aga Khan in Lisbon.