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Paco Ducal

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Address: Terreiro do Paco, Vila Vicosa 7160-251, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 268 980 659
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I don't know whether the architect of this building has been inspired by the Escorial. The square in front is absolutely gorgeous; the palace gets direct attention because of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Hardenberg, The Netherlands
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Hardenberg, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't know whether the architect of this building has been inspired by the Escorial. The square in front is absolutely gorgeous; the palace gets direct attention because of the vast surrounding area.

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Maputo, Mozambique
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this building is very beautiful. A huge construction, very well located in the center town. a place to visit.

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

It is an absolutely gorgeous building, which I have visited several times during my visits to Alentejo. If you come here and dont know much about the area, and the history, you might feel a bit lost. When I was there, an English guide was not available. It is very beautiful though, and you get an idea what royal life... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

This is a time warp. It is not well kept up and you literally feel like you stepped back in time. It is interesting from a historical perspective on Portuguese history but i you dont speak Portuguese it very hard to find a tour in any other lang. Evidently the crown jewels are here and supposedly if you ask to... More 

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Boston
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Sadly, there are only a few English tours of this sight and we were not able to take one of them. I do need to commend or tour person who knew in advance that we only spoke English and he went out of this way to explain certain points for us. In part due to the fact that this was... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

The visit to the palace is very rich in history, almost everything is preserved as original, rooms, furniture, paintings, wardrobes, etc., and no artificial nor modern lights too. The treasure and armory rooms were closed, we were not expecting that.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

My wife and I visited the palace as part of a holiday tour - "Grand Designs of Portugal" and were provided with an excellent guide by the tour company. He made the palace visit informative and enjoyable and brought its history alive. This aspect seems to have been lacking from visits of some other reviewers, but we were not disappointed.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

The Ducal Palace of Vila Viçosa (Paço Ducal de Vila Viçosa) has been the residence of the Dukes of Bragança since 1501. The house of Bragança eventually became the rulers of Portugal after the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1640 when the 60 year reign of the Spanish Kings over Portugal ended. It was lived in continuously until the Royal... More 

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Grafton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

This tour was selected for us by Portugal Best Cycling as part of its "Castles & Wine" seven-day bicycling tour. Of all the castles we saw on this tour, this was easily the most grand and magnificent! Even if you know nothing of Portuguese history, you will learn much about the history of Portuguese royalty during this tour. As our... More 

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Almada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

The palace is beatifull and very well preserved, with lots of furniture, paitings, etc. The problem are the "guides" that aren't more than a guard that follows a huge group (+/-30 persons) and only say how beatifull everything is and well preserved it is. Very brief explanations about all we can see and nothing is identified or labeled. Besides that... More 

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