Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, Lisbon

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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Palácio Nacional da Ajuda and other Lisbon attractions using our handy Lisbon route planner .
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  • August 18, 2017
    Fully furnished Royal Palace and kept in perfect condition: the visit makes you dream, transported to the Royal Court of yesteryear. Everything is studied in detail and the furniture is fully maintained. Very detailed explanations available to tourists in every room. Too bad I don't have any guides for guided tour. From the monastery of Belem you can get there by bus number 729. The ticket for this wonder only costs €5, unlike the monument of the discoveries and the Tower of Belem you pay the same price for just a. panorama.
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  • August 17, 2017
    I went to the Palace on foot when he was visiting the Tower of Belém. The Museum was closed and there was no official request that could provide us with some information about your operation. In the same building works the Ministry of culture and there are itinerant exhibitions. I was extremely upset.
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  • August 16, 2017
    After reading some of the reviews on the site,I had realised that I never had the chance to visit this place. And is simply amazing, the outside can never reveal how amazing and full of history 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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