Palacio de Belem, Lisbon

3.9
The Belém Palace, or alternately National Palace of Belém, has, over time, been the official residence of Portuguese monarchs and, after the installation of the First Republic, the Presidents of the Portuguese Republic. Located in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém, the palace is located on a small hill that fronts the Praça Afonso de Albuquerque, near the historical centre of Belém and the Monastery of the Jeronimos, close to the waterfront of the Tagus River. The five buildings that make up the main façade of the Palace date back to the second half of the 17th century, and were built at a time when the monarchy and nobility increasingly desired to seek respite from the urbanized confines of Lisbon.HistoryThe site was originally part of the Outeiro das Vinhas, a property that fronted the beach of the Tagus River. D. Manuel of Portugal, a diplomat and poet who was the son of the 1st Count of Vimioso, acquired the land in 1559, naming it Quinta de Belém and constructing a building with three salons and two atria. By the mid-17th century the property was linked to a scion of the Royal Court, then transferred to the possession of the Counts of Aveiras and occupied by a convent.The land was later acquired by King John V, who ordered its reconstruction in 1726. It encompassed two parcels, the Quinta de Baixo and Quinta do Meio, which the monarch purchased from João da Silva Telo, 3rd Count of Aveiros for 200,000 cruzados, in addition to the contiguous farmlands of the Counts of São Lourenço, with the objective of constructing a summer home. Although it is unclear when the first building was completed, by 1754 Queen Maria Anna of Austria had already died in the residence.
To visit Palacio de Belem and other attractions in Lisbon, use our Lisbon visit planning site .
Source
Create an itinerary including Palacio de Belem
map
Palacio de Belem Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5
65 reviews
Google
4.3
TripAdvisor
  • In one of the Villa from the 17th century to the 18th century, built many of the nobles in the Lisbon suburbs, so later became a Royal Palace. Currently has become the President's mansion. From Belém station on the way to the Jeronimo monastery. In a beautiful pink color and are standing guard on both sides. Afonso de Albuquerque square in front. It is recommended to be seen together.
    View original
  • This Palace was built in 1559 for the Portuguese royal family. Today, the Palace is used as the permanent seat of the President. We came there just times it by and did the usual photos.
    View original
  • Lisbon's first visit in Portugal for the first time. After arrival, first went to the "Belém". From Belém station on the train on the way to the "Jerónimos" monastery, on the right very nice buildings found! It is building in the Belem Palace, is now in the President's mansion, originally built as noble, later became a Royal Palace. Staff also has become the heavy security at the gate, near the long I feel intimidated, but after a little away from the have been taken. Entranced by the beautiful Palace like insta shines!
    View original
Google
  • A great experience. In order to get inside the palace you will need to book in advance, although the museum does not require pre-booking. Once inside, you are shown the main rooms of The Palace, where main events and protocol take place. You even get to go inside The President's Office. A fine selection of interior design and furniture, as well as paintings. Whilst touring, the guide will explain some fascinating historical stories. You will also be shown around the splendid gardens. A lovely visit that is steeped in history. The museum itself is also fascinating, outlining each President from the beginning of the Republic of Portugal, which dated back from the last century. You also get to see offers from Head of State visits.
  • A beautiful pink palace but you can't really get close to it and compared to all the historic sites nearby it kidda pales in comparison and seems too modern in a way
  • Excellent review of the Portuguese Presidency since 1910
  • we went there in Sunday afternoon and got the chance of the last guided tour. interesting to know a little bit more about the background of this president's working site
  • Very good
Places to stay near Palacio de Belem

Plan your trip to Lisbon

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Palacio de Belem by other users

17 days in Lisbon District BY A USER FROM QATAR September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 35 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 25 days in Lisbon BY A USER FROM BRAZIL July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM ITALY June, culture, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 28 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA May, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: May, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM CANADA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM CANADA July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM FRANCE April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Portugal BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, kids, popular PREFERENCES: March, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Spain & Portugal BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS March, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: March, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Lisbon District BY A USER FROM BRAZIL March, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Central Portugal BY A USER FROM CANADA August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans