Better known as Casa da Chica, D. Chica Palace and the Castle of Dona Chica (Castelo da Dona Chica) is surrounded by greenery along the Av. do Cávado, the parish of Palmeira, municipality of Braga, Portugal.
The ornately styled Palmeira Castle was built in 1915 in multiple architectural styles. The building is designed palatially with romantic, neo – gothic, neo – Arab, rustic and eccentric influences. It had 4 floors, signed green roof tiles, walls of granite and schist with ivy leaf decor in the iron railings and marble frames. Constructed by architect Ernesto Korrodi at the behest of Francisca Peixto de Sousa. She was the eldest of three sisters and married João José Ferreira do Rego.
He desired to construct the palace of dreams where he could showcase his grandiose lifestyle. She brought in plants and trees from her home country, Brazil which now surround the property. These trees included the Brazilian almond and pine. The property includes a lake with a cave that has fake stalactites all to mimic a baroque forest garden.
By 1919, the couple separated and all work on the remarkable castle ceased.
In 1985, it was declared a Property of Public Interest.
A curse was said to have been put on the castle by Francisca Peixoto de Sousa’s ex lover saying “Walk castle that you will never be finished or inhabited.” It seems that this curse may be true as over 100 years have passed and nothing has come to fruition.
In 2006, the property went for sale and by 2008 it was at a price of $2,500,000 Euros. In 2017, it was listed for $1,250,000 Euros.
Where is the beautifully abandoned Palace of Palmeira located? You can find it with these coordinates. 41.588798, -8.428222.