Henrique Mendonça Townhouse

Ventura Terra


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Open Visits

Regular Visits

Saturday: 11h


Saturday: 10h, 12h com Arq. Júlia Varela

No reservation required; first-come, first-served

Maximum 20 people per visit

Photography not allowed


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.


(Português) Rua Marquês de Fronteira, 18


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Public Transport

Bus: (Português) 742, 746

Subway: (Português) Linha Azul e Vermelha - São Sebastião