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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. Using our international travel planner, Lisbon attractions like Palácio Nacional da Ajuda can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I loved this Palace, it is simply beautiful, ceilings, furniture, drapes. Each piece is sublime. Not to be missed.
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  • The Palace was inhabited by the King Luis I (grandson of Dom Pedro I, Emperor of Brazil) and your Queen, dona Maria Pia. Various spaces depicting the way of life of the Portuguese court in the 19th century. Attentive and friendly. A neglected gem by most tourists. To get there you take the bus 729 opposite the Jeronimos Monastery.
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  • A beautiful palace to visit with lots of furnished rooms and a even though it is undergoing a renovation, there's plenty to see and get a good feeling of last monarchs of Portugal. AND go to the Museu...  more »
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  • One of the most cozy palaces I've visited. It looks lived in, with furniture and knick knacks arranged as if someone is still living there. Very nice, unlike many palaces that are bare inside or arranged like formal museum pieces.
  • Attention to detail in décor is amazing. Very much love in preserving the history of the nation. Reserve at least 2-3 hours for observation.
  • Another palace worth the visit. In the middle of the city, this museum is big and full of history. Free to visit on the first Sunday of the month.
  • 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.
  • All palaces in Portugal looks the same. This one is a bit more rich though.