Quinta do Scoto

Quinta do Scoto is a boutique hotel located in Meleças, in the County of Sintra, and has an important place in Portuguese heritage. According to the inscription on the base of the stone cross engraved above the door to the old chapel, the construction of the Quinta was completed in 1746. This was just 9 years before the massive earthquake that hit Lisbon in 1755, destroying much of the city as well as many buildings in towns in the surrounding area, including Sintra. Luckily, the Quinta survived the earthquake and inside the chapel, there is a tiled plaque, dated 1757, giving thanks to Our Lady of Mercy and St. Marçal, in gratitude for surviving the violent earthquake, two years before.