Palacio de Belem, Lisbon

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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.
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  • In less than two hours, and by five euros you can visit the Palace of Bethlehem, where the Presidency of the Portuguese Republic is based. We toured the main halls and the official office of the Presidency. The gardens are very nice. The views from the terrace overlooking the Tagus are exceptional. The single visit is possible on Saturday. The tour of the Museum of the Presidency is included in the ticket. Guide friendly and very well documented. Beyond the institutional interest of the place, its artistic appeal is important by the Gallery of pictures of Paula Rego, hung in the chapel next to the Golden lounge.
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  • We saw him touring the maritime de Belem area, and we draw attention, not knowing what it was. Do not enter as the tail tail was much... Entry of payment.
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  • Is a Palace in the noble area of Lisbon in Belem, along the river and the other monuments of historical interest. Is the official residence of the President of the Republic and where are installed the support services and staff of advisers. The visits are not random and so on days previously announced. I visited when there was a book fair and the entrance was free in those days. In addition the set consists of Palace Gardens. ponds and statuary. Worth a visit when it is announced.
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  • 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
  • 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
  • The presidential museum is filled with artifacts exchange in diplomatic visits, paintings from all the country's Presidents, and other items related with the republic. Great to bring your children or for school visits. Free to visit at first Sunday of the month.
  • The guard shift is nice.
  • Museum about the history of Portugal during the 20th century.

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