Bartolomeu de Gusmão

Terrace Suite

The biggest, the priciest and the brashest doesn’t necessarily equal the best when it comes to suites. Palácio Belmonte and its eleven suites retreat gets top marks for its incredible, eclectic interiors and the Gusmão suite gets a particular mention due to its private terrace.


The Suite

Named by Condé Nast one of the most beautiful suites in the world, this 3 level double suite inside one of the VIII century Muslim towers has a superb terrace with an expansive view over Alfama and the river Tejo and a very rare octagonal living room with vaulted ceiling and original XVIII century azulejo (tile) panels. Room and marble bathroom also with river view. Area 110 sqm.

Beds: Double Bed or Two Singles
Bathroom: Bathtub with Handheld Shower
Occupancy: 2 Guests
Size: 110 sqm
View: City, River, Alfama Neighborhood

Price: 1.200,00€/night with complementary breakfast and VAT included (City tax – 2€/person/day not included)

Special holidays: Saint Valentines, Easter and Christmas holidays an extra cost of 100€ per suite will be applied

Bartolomeu de Gusmão

Bartolomeu Lourenço de Gusmão (December 1685 – 18 November 1724) was a Portuguese priest and naturalist, who was a pioneer of lighter-than-air airship design.
Gusmão was born at Santos, then part of the Portuguese colony of Brazil.
He began his novitiate in the Society of Jesus at Bahia when he was about fifteen years old, but left the order in 1701. He went to Portugal and found a patron at Lisbon in the person of the Marquis of Abrantes. He completed his course of study at the University of Coimbra, devoting his attention principally to philology and mathematics, but received the title of Doctor of Canon Law (related to Theology). He is said to have had a remarkable memory and a great command of languages.

In 1709 he presented a petition to King João V of Portugal, seeking royal favour for his invention of an airship, in which he expressed the greatest confidence. Gusmão wanted to spread a huge sail over a boat-like body like the cover of a transport wagon; the boat itself was to contain tubes through which, when there was no wind, air would be blown into the sail by means of bellows. The vessel was to be propelled by the agency of magnets which were to be encased in two hollow metal balls. The public test of the machine, which was set for 24 June 1709, did not take place.
One account of Gusmão’s work suggests that the Portuguese Inquisition forbade him to continue his aeronautic investigations and persecuted him because of them, but this is probably a later invention. It dates, however, from at least the end of the 18th century, at the Jesuit’s experiments, and that he received the surname of Voador, or Flying-man.
Contemporary documents do attest that information was laid before the Inquisition against Gusmão, but on quite another charge. The inventor fled to Spain and fell ill of a fever, of which he died in Toledo.

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