About the Casa de Santa Maria

Updated: Nov 17, 2018

The House of Saint Mary was once a luxurious private estate, belonging to an Irish millionaire, George O’Neil, who made his fortune in the tobacco industry. Constructed in 1902, this 19th-century residence is made of materials found only in Portugal by the architect Raul Lino, disregarding architecture trends of that time. The Casa, like many old Portuguese buildings, incorporates Moorish designs and engineering. The painted tiles on the ground floor were salvaged from a crumbing chapel in the centre of Lisbon.

Portugal Spirit is grateful to Fundação D. Luís I and the Cascais municipality for allowing us to use this historic site.