In 1501, construction began on the Jeronimus Monestary in Lisbon. It took 100 years to build. During the same year the Quinta da Armada was built by one of the skippers who accompanied Vasco da Gama to the Horn of Africa. Over the centuries, there have been many improvements to the Quinta. The house has made as green as possible. The electricity and heating are solar. The pool is Eco, technically a pond! Fruit trees and bushes were planted. A large vegetable garden is being prepared as well as an area for herbs and edible flowers. On the premises is the artist's studio. This can be visited. There is a small selection of his paintings in the house. The hosts are cutting back on plastic consumption. Everything is recycled, as well as composted, and any suggestions are welcome, both ecological or otherwise, from guests.

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