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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 #35 of 217 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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Boynton Beach, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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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
11 helpful votes 11 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
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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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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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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