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Ajuda National Palace

Largo da Ajuda, Lisbon 1349-021, Portugal
351 213 637 095
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As featured in Lisbon on a budget
Ranked #32 of 223 Attractions in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: This is a collection of decorative arts including furniture, tapestries and statues in an unfinished palace.
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Victor, Idaho
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I write this after visiting Que Luz Palace and Palcio de Ajuda in the same day. We wanted to see palaces from two different periods and doe some compare and contrast. Of the four of us in our group, we all agreed that the better place to visit was this palace. So our advice is that you go there. Don't... More

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Doha, Qatar
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160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is the preserved main Palace of the Portuguese Royal Family. It is an early 19th century Palace on a Grand scale containing scores of rooms furnished with spectacular paintings furniture, porcelain and silver. Of both artistic and historic interest this is a site that should not be missed. Not crowded which makes it also a pleasure to visit.

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Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, Israel
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71 reviews 71 reviews
33 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

In the Ajuda neighborhood, almost across the street from the Ajuda Palace, we visited this beautiful old botanical garden. Well kept with plenty of old trees and a variaty of plants, and overlooking the "25 de Abril" bridge and the Tejo river. Easily reachable by Tram 18 (beware that from the end of july it doesn't function for a few... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Lisbon has numerous places to visit and this Palace is no exception. The visit lasts about one hour and guided tours are available. If you think it's too expensive, take advantage of the first sunday of the month and go visit it for free. I'd recommend it not only to tourists but to all portuguese.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Planned as one of the largest (and grandest) of European palaces atop a hill dominating the city, changing circumstances reduced it to a mere shadow. The original entrance was never built, so you enter from one end. Although it still looks imposing from this angle, the building ends abruptly as if the rest had been torn off. To add insult... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Tram stop just outside and entry can be done through the ruins at the back of the Palace for a shorter walk in. Sumptuous Palace along the lines of 17th Century UK Palaces. Worth the visit if you are into old Palaces.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

A very nice Palace! The entrance fee is really cheap... about 2 euros! You should definitely see the Palace. If you are taking some Day Tour, ask your guides to take you there as for some reason it's not a popular place.... This Palace and the Botanic Garden that is close to the Palace were not included in our itinerary,... More

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Santarem, Portugal
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24 reviews 24 reviews
21 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

I went to see Palácio da Ajuda because I've read many books that made me realize that many interesting and important things in the Portuguese History took place there. Went I entered the Palace I found myself surrounded by beautiful paintings and furniture almost intact, as if time hadn't gone by... The palace has many rooms and each of them... More

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Westerly, Rhode Island
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55 reviews 55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

This Palace was not on our tour itinerary but we had a free day and our tour director advised us to go. It is also open on Mondays, which most of the museums in Lisbon are not. Go at 10:00 when it opens for an uncrowned step back in time. I have been in countless museum palaces and enjoyed this... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We went there by May 2013 mainly to see Joana Vasconcelos’s exhibition, but the palace itself is a very good place to visit for the ones that love history and art. You could see several rooms that show the royal family life there in the XIX century. If you plan to visit Belém with time, we strongly suggest to spend... More

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