Padre Himalaya

Honeymoon Suite

Palácio Belmonte: one of the “21 coolest hotels in the world.”


The Suite

Honeymoon suite – A romantic 3 level double suite, located in the Roman tower of the palace. This suite is home to one of the most extraordinary bedrooms in the world, with windows all the way around offering 360° views over the Alfama and the river Tejo. The spacious marble bathroom features a sunken bathtub as well as a shower. A section of the original Roman wall remains on display as a humble reminder of the building’s incredible history. On the first level of the suite, a small entrance hall and an intimate living room create a cosy space for you to enjoy. This is a truly special suite. Area 77 sqm.

Beds: Double Bed or Two Singles
Bathroom: Bathtub & Shower
Occupancy: 2 Guests
Size: 77 sqm
View: 360º View Over Lisbon, S. Jorge Castle, River, Alfama Neighborhood

Price: 1.300,00€/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

Padre Himalaya

Manuel António Gomes (1868 – 1933) was a Portuguese Catholic priest, inventor and physicist. He was a very tall man, and was nicknamed “Father Himalaya” (in Portuguese: “Padre Himalaya”), a name he proudly used frequently. After receiving priestly ordination, he practiced for years teaching the subjects that he loved – Natural Sciences, Physics and Chemistry.

Padre Himalaya was a pioneer in solar radiation concentration technologies. Whilst following the lessons of physicist Berthelot and other distinguished teachers in Paris, Padre Himalaya applied his mathematical and astronomical theories to the construction of an apparatus for obtaining high temperatures by capturing solar radiation. He obtained a patent for his design from the French Government in 1899. The following year, he built a second device – which he experimented with in the upper Pyrenees – with a temperature of 1100 degrees centigrade. Following this, he featured another device which he called “Pirelophore” – that is, “I bring the fire of the Sun” – which was able to obtain a temperature of 3500 degrees.

Father Himalaya was also the author of other inventions, but one of the most interesting aspects of this visionary scientist was his perception of the importance of renewable energies, advocating the use of tidal energy and the generalization of hydropower, and pointing out the need to take advantage of the numerous existing watercourses in the country to install hydroelectric power stations that meet our energy needs. He died without ever achieving recognition for his remarkable activity.

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