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Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, Lisbon

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Castle Tourist Spot
Started as a luxurious home in 1795 for the Portuguese royal family, Palácio Nacional da Ajuda was never totally completed.The royal family's flight to Brazil following Napoleon's invasion brought the complex's construction to a halt. Visit the ornate palace for a glimpse into the lives of some of the world's wealthiest people of that time. You'll see countless tapestries, paintings, intricate statues, decorative furniture, and expensive items from around the world, all parts of the site's extensive collection of items spanning more than 500 years. Be sure to make your way to the throne room, perhaps the crowning glory of the complex, for a view of its frescoes and chandeliers. Using our international travel planner, Lisbon attractions like Palácio Nacional da Ajuda can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This was probably my favorite site in Belem. The palace is surrounded by a park and sits on the top of a hill. It is a bit out the way but worth the trip up to the top of Belem. The reception rooms, p...  more »
  • If in Lisbon, don't miss it out. Almost a hidden spot that most of tourists skip. This is an unique palace, for me one of the most beautiful interiors you'll see in Lisbon and not overcrowded as the o...  more »
  • A bit outside of the tourist hotspots you will find in the Ajuda district the palace of the Portuguese kings. This is the reason why you don't find there no long lines in front of the entrance. This p...  more »
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  • Excellent visit, very well kept and very kind staff working there. There is not too much confusion as it is a bit far from other touristic places.
  • Interesting interiors, which can be accessed for free if you have a Lisboa card. I understand that this palace had a lot of importance and has been used quite a bit for official purposes in the not too distant past.
  • Beautiful palace if you get there when there isn't any "contemporary artist" attempting to blend a hundred welded stainless steel pressure cookers with blue feathers stuck on them with the décor of Queen Maria Pia's bedroom. Maybe somebody seeks to tell the story of the evolution of taste in Portugal . If you are lucky enough to see the palace whilst it's "unplugged" it might be a worthwhile experience!
  • An excelent museum! I suggest to visit it! It´s a large museum, you need to have time enought to see it....you need more ou less 2 hours to see it.
  • Amazing! Is great to spend a day knowing all rooms and the history.. Stunning to our eyes!

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Check into one of Lisbon's grand city center hotels to position yourself well to explore the central historical districts on foot. To avoid the potentially high prices of some of the Old Town's central upscale hotels, try staying in a hostel instead. While some hostels have an upper age limit for their guests, they're affordable and oftentimes offer access to attractions on par with or better than bigger hotels. In the upper town, opt for one of the family-run bed and breakfasts, which provide affordable rooms and, as the name would suggest, include a meal as well.
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