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“birthday and family trip” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Palace of the Marquises (Palacio Fronteira)

Palace of the Marquises (Palacio Fronteira)
Rua Sao Domingos de Benfica 1, Lisbon 1500-554, Portugal
21/778-2023
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Ranked #46 of 424 things to do in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Geneva, Switzerland
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“birthday and family trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This palace is a little away from the city centre but worth the trip.The visits are only at a certain time of the day as it's the present home of the Fronteira family.Do check before going as if you miss the time slot, you'd have to wait till the next day. The visit is guided through the house but the gardens are free to roam in for a short time until they close the gates.Interesting history, murals tiles and collections in the house. The garden has also got tile walls telling a story.

Visited March 2015
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Lisbon, Portugal
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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“Absolutely one of the most important places to visit in Lisbon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Once there and as soon you enter and the ascend the small staircase you enter one of the most extraordinary scenarios of the Portuguese Baroque and where the exaltation of the classic themes so "à la mode" in the houses of the grandees of the state are here interpreted by the most sublime array of tiles.

Visited July 2014
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Paris, France
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“Magnificent mansion with typical azelejos fountains”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Private mansion still owned by the family which founded it. The Earl is still living there with his family.
The visit is done with a couple of guides whose language proficiency is remarkable. They speak French, Spanish, English fluently (and perhaps more languages but I do not remember).
The tour guide knows the history of the family really well and is knowledgeable. The explanations are clear and interesting. Anecdotes of the past and the present are mentionned. No fear to be bored. You will have enough to see without having to stand for too long.
After the visit of the house, you are free to wander in the garden.

Important to knwo :
The mansion is opened in the morning only until 2 o'clock.
You may need to take a taxi to go there as it is remote from the city center.
To go back after the visit, it may be difficult to find a taxi, therefore, you can catch the bus wich has a stop in front of the house. It will take you in the city where you can then decide to take a cab.
The maintenance of the privately owned property is entirely financed by the family and thanks to the visits of turists. However, prices are quite affordable (3 euros for the garden and 7 euros for the house and garden). It is worth seeing as it the house, its gardens and fountain are quite unusual.

Visited April 2015
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Madrid
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“A nice story in a true Portuguese palace”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The gardens by themselves justify the trip
the palace is just nice but the fact that it is still being used by the family that build it give a special atmosphere that you will completly fell passing on the gardns and enjoing the Koy lake

Visited June 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Worth the trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Only open between 11 am and noon, but it's worth the effort to get there.

Amazing tile work depicting heroic battles against the Spanish.

Informative tour guide, but the house looks a little in need of some love ( and money!).

Take some bread to feed the black swans, who will otherwise try to eat your toes if you let them.

Someone tell the Marquis to open a cafe :)

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