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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Palace of Ajuda: Palácio da Ajuda, is a neoclassical monument in the civil parish of Ajuda in the city of Lisbon, central Portugal. Built on the site of a temporary wooden building constructed to house the Royal family after the 1755 earthquake and tsunami, it was originally begun by architect Manuel Caetano de Sousa, who planned a late Baroque-Rococo building. Later, it was entrusted to José da Costa e Silva and Francisco Xavier Fabri, who planned a magnificent building in the modern neoclassical style.
  • If your're lucky and find it without a crowd, its a wonderful place to travel back in time. The story behind it makes it 10x more interesting - use a guide. If its packed turn back. It becomes impossible to visit.
  • One of the best palaces to visit if not the best. Pay attention to the details in the walls, ceilings and door frames. Impressive dining rooms.
  • See if this is true for you too but "unexpected" came to my mind when I entered interiors of Palácio da Ajuda. People say, the feeling you get while inside is as if the royals just went out for a tea. Well, not exactly - they had to leave this place (and the country for that matter) in a hurry in 1807 escaping invading French troops. It is true though, you can't escape the sensation of walking onto the royal couple while inside of this splendid Palácio. Tables set for dinner, toiletries round the bathroom sinks, billiard balls on the table, beds made etc... all intact and never suffered any loss or damage since it was abandoned. Allocate an hour and a half for the tour if you want to see the place in details. Photography is allowed and taking pictures will slow you down, no doubt - there is plenty to be photographed there. What is not allowed is walking on an exposed parquet - just the carpet runners, please (?¿) Personally, I was most impressed by some sculptures statues and figurines. I am sure, you will find something equally impresive there too.
  • 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.

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