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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  • We went to visit him in conjunction with an exhibition on Miró; at the end we enjoyed the visit of the exhibition. The private apartments of the Royal family are definitely worth notes especially for lovers of the history of furniture. The rooms are mostly perfectly preserved. Recommended!
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  • Accessible by bus from Belem because walking would be a trek with the Lisboa Card entry is free! Beautiful Chateau, lavish with rooms decorated in detail. I was very impressed with the large reception hall table white set that lets imagine amazing dinners between gifts.
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  • This was a surprise find! Had the place to ourselves and just wondered through the richly decorated rooms. If your a fan of royal history this is a must! Away from the main tourist sights of Belem and...  more »
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  • Truly spectacular. An exceptionally well done museum, keeping things as close as possible to how they were under King Luis in the late 1800s. Very beautiful. There is a "guide page" for every room explaining what it was used for and even quoting "memories" from primary sources, which I found very interesting. Try to enter each room and take in your surroundings first of all. Try to think about what it was used for and what people thought of it. Then read the guide page. Undisturbed by tour groups when I went. Please don't come in a big tour group because you'll get in the way and ruin the experience for everyone else.
  • We loved this place. Cheap entrance (kids free, adults 5 per head or so). Really interesting place to see. Surprisingly, no visitors, we have seen probably 10 other visitors. And there is a botanical garden around the corner (2 eur per head, family discounts etc.) So, although the palace is not on the main tourist route it is definitely worth to visit.
  • Impressive national palace. Fans of royalty and all related stuff should visit this palace, where the Portuguese royal family lived in the 19th century. There are plenty of rooms with lots of different decorations that will give you a taste of the life in that era. It's easy to park nearby in case you go by car.
  • Nice place. Looks like every average palace in entire Europe. Good price for entering with student’s discount. Walk around took about 50minutes and was quite interesting. Too bad there was nothing which would make this place extraordinary. Staff was very nice and polite. However, entering to the palace is not marked anywhere so you have to “sneak” inside looking for the ticket office and entrance to museum itself.
  • A typical european palace with some impressive rooms to visit and many interesting information given during the tour ( non-guided). The best thing is that is not crowded with tourists and you don't have to wait in a queue for the tickets. It worths a visit.
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