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.