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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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  • Located in the heart of Mafra, this Palace carry`s an historical magnitude that is almost unique to itself, from the share size of the Palace, to the attention to detail in each of the rooms inside, t...  more »
  • Easily accessible off the N116 roadway, from the roundabout you can see the bleached chalky spires of the bell towers of this imposing palace reaching high in the sky. There is a graceful presence to ...  more »
  • I've been to lots of castles and palaces, and overall this one is just so-so, but I give it 4 stars for the library. That is what is worthwhile about this place. Too bad they only let you walk in a li...  more »
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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!