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“Beautifull castle and great gardens” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Palace of the Marquises (Palacio Fronteira)

Palace of the Marquises (Palacio Fronteira)
Rua Sao Domingos de Benfica 1 | Largo Sao Domingos de Benfica 1, Lisbon 1500-554, Portugal
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Ranked #49 of 309 things to do in Lisbon
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Owner description: Seventeenth Century Palace placed in an ancient Quinta de Recreio (recreation farm) which includes a formal garden, an informal garden and woods. The exterior and interiors of the Palace are decorated with the largest and best collection of Portuguese seventeenth-century "azulejos" (decorative tiles) still in their original location known today. The gardens are decorated with fountains, statues and other constructions from the seventeenth century, which are refreshing and make the walk through the premises a continuous delight. Although this is an inhabited Palace still today, visitors are welcome to take guided tours of the inside and enjoy visiting some of the most beautiful rooms, the Library, the terrace with "azulejo" panels representing the Liberal Arts, and the Chapel. The fact that this is an inhabited living space is part of its very special atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy a souvenir shop managed by the Association of the Friends of the Fronteira Palace.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Beautifull castle and great gardens”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Definetly worth a visit!! A guided tour is provided in english, portuguees, spanish and castellano. The castle is beautifully kept and the drawings of tiles are both historic and amusing. You simply most visit when in Lisbon!

Visited August 2013
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“You can’t miss this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

A fantastic place full of history. Walking inside you can see the typical “azulejos” and a mystery histories that you can find there. Take note: October to April -From 10.00 to 17.30 (last entry 17.00) - May to September - From 10.00 to 18.30 (last entry at 18:00)
Closed: Mondays and on January 1st, Easter Sunday, 1 May and 25 December

Visited September 2013
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Koksijde, Belgium
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“Azulejos, azulejos....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

The Palacio is located outside the center and therefore could well be overlooked when visiting Lisbon.
Actually the Palacio is a former hunting lodge build in the 17th. century when Lisbon wasn't yet reaching this área. In the 18th century then the hunting lodge was upgraded and extended by na aisle when the family lost its house after the 1755 earthquake in Lisbon and moved to their hunting pavillon.. Still today part of the "new " aisle is habited by the family.
For the people having a car there is ample parking space in front of the Palacio. You can visit only the gardens or the gardens and the Palacio. For the latter the entry price is 6 €.
This price includes a guide. The guide is multilingual (his englsh is even spoken with an english accent!) and his explanation was excellent.

The Palacio s not very large but beautiful decorated with azulejos. The major room depicts lots of war scenery where the Portuguese (with the help of the British) were beating the Spaniards.
From the Palacio rooms and promenades you have a beautiful view of the garden. The garden is very "geometrical layed out. You cannot miss the big water tank with its fantastic wall called the " King's Promenade". Each niche of the wall houses the buste of a former king of Portugal.
Pitty for us there was a wedding planned in the garden the day we visited the Palacio, and the tent blokked half of the view of the Wall. For this reason we only give 4 stars for what would normally be a 5 stars attraction.

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Not too far from the station Jardim Zoologico, you'll find a place of sheer delight for your eyes. We've been bewitched by the colours of the place gardens. The walls painted in deep blue will remind you of les jardins majorelles de Marrackech. Gemstones, shells and azulejos have kept all of their splendour. Visit the palace for a nice journey through history.

Visited August 2013
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“Very interesting guided tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

This house is still inhabited and so a guide will take you through the house before you are left to wander in the gardens. It was a little disappointing not to be allowed to take photos, even without flash.

We loved the tiles and the library and found it really interesting to learn about the some of the history of Lisbon through hearing about the house. The gardens were pleasant, too.

It seemed to take a long time to get there, but I would say it was well worth it.

Visited July 2013
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