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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 #36 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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Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, Israel
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71 reviews 71 reviews
33 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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Swindon
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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
12 helpful votes 12 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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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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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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21 reviews 21 reviews
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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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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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