The Casa de Mateus Foundation was established on December 3, 1970, by D. Francisco de Sousa Botelho de Albuquerque, 3rd Count of Mangualde, 6th Count of Vila Real and 5th Count de Melo, who donated a substantial part of his estate to the Foundation. His intent was to his family’s legacy.
The Mission of the Casa de Mateus Foundation is clearly articulated in its bylaws: restore and preserve the Casa de Mateus (a Portuguese National Monument) and its gardens, research and publish the rich history and heritage of the house and family (dating back to the XII century), and support artistic, cultural, educational, and social science activities that further these aims. D.Francisco was following in the footsteps of many generations of forebears who sought to consolidate and preserve the family’s holdings; yet did so with a modern twist by creating a non-profit Foundation with a public, cultural and educational mission, thus ensuring its continuation into the 21st century and its relevance for future generations.
Today, the Casa de Mateus Foundation is a dynamic organisation noted for its role in promoting art, culture, and education and for the excellence and variety of its work and publications. Its priceless heritage, assembled over centuries, is now managed as a whole and is accessible to the public. The founder’s family has played a major role in the Foundation’s evolution and growth and continues to be actively engaged.