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Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, Lisbon

Categories: Castles, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web
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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  • Historio, imposing Palace, place of visit to lose. any site and the neighborhoods around are very typical, in particular the tram ride to the place.
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  • Where lived the Kings of Portugal. Very conserved after restoration. Visit not to be missed. Pretty much same.
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  • Very beautiful Palace, a bit out of the way and very good. The surroundings do not put in value, damage because the tour is beautiful. Rooms have succeeded each other, furnished with period furniture, carpets, dishes, and amazing chandeliers. It's grandiose, in the image of the dining room or more than 200 guests can take a seat at the table...! To discover absolutely!
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  • This is one of those "must see" places in Lisbon. The whole tour would take you 2 hours (faster if you don't stop and take picture in each and every room - which is a very hard thing to do, you will know what I am on about once you are here). Take your time and just enjoy, it is an extremely elegant place and you will not regret it with only a €5 entrance fee. Well worth every cent.
  • The part of the palace you visit was well preserved with the original content. It is also quite interesting to see what the construction plans were and what actually was built (less then half).
  • Truly stunning art, architecture and artefacts that tell an important history.
  • This is in your face opulence the like of which I have never seen before. The decorators here were seriously into show off style and the chandeliers are just gorgeous and unbelievably wonderful. I had a potted history from a curator which was fascinating but I had to cut short my visit to catch up with my friend in central Lisbon. Next time I am scheduling at least 2 hours to go round and if there is a garden I will have lunch there. Like most things Portuguese this is a neglected treasure and I can't wait to see it again.
  • Beautifully ornate palace.
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