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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 #38 of 212 attractions in Lisbon
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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Westerly, Rhode Island
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Great Missenden, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

It is so frustrating how the Portuguese "under market" some of their best attractions. On the hill behind the more publicized attractions down on the coast at Ajuda this wonderful palace seems to get little attention. The walk up the hill is not for the feint hearted. However, take the 760 bus or 18 tram which will get you close... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Ajuda Palace needs ajuda (help). Portugal's heritage falling to pieces. A disgrace of a building that needs a hefty cash injection.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

The Palace was built after the 1755 earthquake that destroyed Lisbon. Traditionally the royal family had lived in the Castelo of St. George then in the Palacio Ribeira by the Tagus. When the earthquake destroyed most of the town, the king moved his family to the hilltop of Ajuda into royal pavilions. The palace was built later on the same... More

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melbourne
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129 reviews 129 reviews
30 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

We, or I chose to walk to the Palace, just to let you know the first 300 metres are ok, then it is uphill from there. There were no queues, bonus. Not sure if I am a fan of modern art meets grandeur, but the display by Joana Vasconcelos could only be described as an added treat. Some of her... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Modern artist Joana V has interspersed small to gigantic pieces of modern art amongst the rooms and furnishings of the Portuguese royal family in the 19th century. An amazing juxtaposition of the new with the old - the whimsical with the stuffy.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

I visited it through Joana Vasconcelos' work and the palace is pretty amazing. As a portuguese, I think the city must give importance to this national treasure. The palace construction was never finished and the back of it gives a bad image of this beauty.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

A definite must. Also an art exhibition was going on within the palace. teh female artist used ordinary objects to create her masterpieces. For instance she used pots and lids to create huge towering stilleto heels in one of the main rooms. The palace itself is breath-taking. But the exhibition added to it!

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Lisbon, Portugal
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

This unique mixed art exhibition runs until August 25, 2013, at the Royal Palace of Ajuda, in the western part of Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. It's the largest exhibition of Joana de Vasconcelos' pieces, after her successful exhibition in 2012 in the Palais des Versailles, near Paris. She blended about 40 of her celebrated pieces in the impressive atmosphere... More

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