Brasão da FCB


The Cork Oak - King Carlos of Bragança (1905)

Heir to the estate of the House of Bragança, the Foundation has a very strong agricultural component, with one of the most significant portions of its revenues coming from forestry, and mainly from cork.

At some of the properties, hunting activity is carried out, usually through contracts with hunting companies. Within the Royal Hunting Ground at Vila Viçosa, there are populations of red and fallow deer, with hunting licenses being granted within the periods and under the conditions set by the FCB.

The agricultural and forestry properties of the FCB are located in Alentejo, distributed across 13 municipalities, and also in the municipalities of Ourém and Esposende. The highest concentration occurs in the municipality of Vendas Novas, followed by the municipalities of Estremoz and Portel.

King Carlos I Agricultural School

In compliance with the desire expressed by King Manuel II, the King Carlos I Agricultural School was established in Vendas Novas.

The school is dedicated to vocational, King Carlos I Agricultural Schoolsocial and cultural training in rural areas, and has been offering courses since 1987.

The running of the school is guaranteed by the King Carlos I Professional Technical Association, which has managed the Agricultural School since October 1996, with which the FCB signed a protocol agreeing to make the space, logistical material and equipment available. In January 2001, a lease contract was signed between these two institutions.

The school has six classrooms, a computer room, a machinery room, a laboratory, a library, a cafeteria, dormitories with accommodation capacity for 80 trainees and an area provided by the FCB for simulated practice, where two greenhouses, citrus and stone fruit orchards and an area intended for arable crops are located. The whole area is approximately 2 ha.

Architectural Assets

The FCB ensures the preservation of a significant number of buildings, many of which are classified as national monuments.

The most famous and important is the Ducal Palace of Vila Viçosa, a majestic example of civil architecture that is integrated into a quadrangular square, which includes:

Agostinhos Church- Pantheon of the Dukes;

Chagas Church - Pantheon of the Duchesses;

Chagas Convent - Which now houses the King João IV Pousada

Bishop’ Palace - where the Archive of the House of Bragança is located.

Évora Gate - Wall of Vila Viçosa Castle

The Chagas Convent currently houses the King João IV Pousada boutique hotel, which by means of a protocol signed with Enatur, ensured its restoration and the conservation of the monument.

The 5 castles that it possesses are witness to the scale of the military might of the duchy of Bragança in the organisation of the kingdom, particularly to the South: Alter do Chão, Alvito, Ourém, Portel and Vila Viçosa, the most emblematic due to its connection to the Restoration and which offers visitors two museums: the Archaeology Museum and the Hunting Museum.

The FCB is also the custodian of the buildings that are located within the Vila Viçosa Royal Hunting Ground: The Hunting Ground Palace and the Chapels of Nª Senhora de Belém, São Jerónimo and Santo Eustáquio, as well as, in Vendas Novas, the Administration Building, in Quinta do Pessegueiro, and the Hunting Pavilion in Herdade do Vidigal, where there is also a corral for fighting bulls.

The headquarters have been located in the Massarelos Palace, in Caxias, since October 2000.