Palacio Nacional de Mafra, Mafra

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Considered one of the most stunning Baroque structures in the region, Palacio Nacional de Mafra was built as a second home for the royal family. Picked for its proximity to fruitful hunting grounds, this palace was designed by German architect Joao Frederico Ludovice in the 18th century for King John V. View the palace's famous facade, visit the site's historical convent, and walk through its basilica, which acts as a central axis for the entire complex and contains six historical pipe organs and 92 bells. As you tour this elaborate structure, note its spectacular library, which holds about 40,000 rare books, some dating back hundreds of years. Our Mafra trip itinerary planner makes visiting Palacio Nacional de Mafra and other Mafra attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Basilica and impressive Palace. Beautiful marble rose covering the walls of the Basilica. The Palace is austere but very interesting to visit, the highlight of a visit is the beautiful library. Not to be missed. €6 for adults and free for children under 13 years of age.
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  • August 17, 2017
    If you go to Mafra is to visit. A grandiose Basilica and gorgeous statues! Two for the Palace and its fabulous library
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  • August 14, 2017
    One of the most charismatic monuments of Portugal by your architectural beauty and dimensions, not forgetting the connection to your Army
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  • Astonishingly huge proportions and sublime interiors. Beautiful and well worth a couple of hours visit. Microbats? Yes, in the library to keep the collection pest free. A glimpse into Portuguese past of real people, not just religious aspiration.
  • The Mafra Palace is enormous in size and throughout the various corridors and chambers, visitors a can find info boards with very interesting historical facts. Especially the library is very impressive. Worth a visit! Good to know: free entry every first Sunday of the month
  • Great place, specially the library! I highly recommand it!! You can easily get her3 by bus from Lisbon, both ways only 7.55€ (April 2017) and it takes approx.45min. There is a beautiful garden by the Palace.
  • Huge, beautiful palace. The library was a particular highlight.
  • Very nice and huge palace! Deffinetly worth to visit!

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