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“Least Alluring of Places on the Sintra 'Passport'” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Queluz Palace

Queluz Palace
Largo do Palacio | Queluz, Sintra, Queluz 2745-191, Portugal
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Frequently compared with Versailles Palace in France, this opulent palace was begun in 1747 and is surrounded by luxurious Palace gardens with Baroque fountains, statues and places for recreation.
Devizes, United Kingdom
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“Least Alluring of Places on the Sintra 'Passport'”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We bought the combined ticket to see the five main attractions in the Sintra area and one other, the Palace in Queluz. The other five were the Pena Palace, the Moors' Castle, the Palace of Sintra itself (now a museum), Montseate, and the Capuchin Monastery. Queluz, which is not at all near the others, is the least attractive of the lot by a long chalk, I think. It is Grand, and all that; but really it's mainly an endless succession of rooms with baroque furniture, mirrors, portraits, Chinese vases, and so on and on. After about the fifteenth room, I felt that in was in some sort of Purgatorio and longed to be released into the gardens. The gardens, however, are dull. They are formal knot gardens of low box hedging, with walkways here and there out among trees into areas largely untended. The one really arresting, bizarre thing is a channel for a little stream which is entirely lined with blue-tiled scenes. The stream itself is a fast-flowing little thing, but it has been channelled into a trench maybe twenty feet wide and twelve feet deep whose walls, as I say, are entirely lined with tiles.

The whole place smacks of decadence and a defunct aesthetic. Go to the 'Capuchos' (the Capuchin Monastery) for something really attractive and human, and in a lovely setting, too. The Montesate gardens (and Palace) were also wonderful. Third prize goes to the Moors' Castle, or perhaps the Sintra Palace/Museum. The Moors' Castle is empty, of course -- it is just a shell, with battlements you can circumambulate. But what a fantastic setting!!

The heavy 19th C. Stuff stuffing the Pena Palace leaves me cold, but the gardens and the setting are great, and the palace is certainly 'really something,' as people will say. It's a grandiose Victorian 'folly,' by and large. If you go, and if you are in the area you really must!, don't miss the displays relating to the stained glass. There are some Germanic pieces of breathtaking beauty, and you can see them up close.

Visited April 2013
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“You feel so Royal!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

This is what I would call the Versailles of the Lisbon area. The palace is as one would expect with grandeur and beauty along with some beautiful carriages. The fountains and garden area are beautiful and include wonderful Portuguese tile work. This is a great place to let the kids run it out a little bit and there is a park just before you enter the area if they are not completely tired when you leave the palace grounds. Gorgeous inside!!! There are many palaces to see in the Lisbon area with Sintra not far away but this one is worth a visit! So beautiful!

Visited October 2012
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Essex UK
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“Small, but interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

There's a beautiful 'hall of mirrors', which they say is like Versailles. Well, I guess it is, but not so grand. I enjoyed the 'his and hers' commodes!

Visited March 2013
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Lisbon, Portugal
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“Queluz Palace, a historic shelter for kings and presidents”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Queluz Royal Palace has three main attractions: the palace itself with its charming rooms, furniture and decor; the English style park, which used to house the Portuguese Equestrian High School; and the Pousada and Restaurant at the top level of Portuguese Hospitality and Cuisine Arts. Lastly, but not available for visitors, the left wing is reserved for visiting Heads of State, recalling the times in the 17th and 18th centuries when the Royal Family used to live there.

Visited December 2012
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“Should be on every tourist map!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

We were directed to this palace by some friends and it was a real find. Not on the usual tourist information which will send you to Sintra and the palace there, this is far larger, full of history and a glimpse into an age of royalty. Every room was amazing. The outside is in desperate need to repair and restoration but the inside is a real treat. And the gardens are just as lovely. Plus, with the right ticket combination, you can see this and the palace at Sintra for a better fare. Take the train from Rossio at about 3 euro RT. 15 minutes and a 10 minute walk to a wonderland that will never come again.

Visited March 2013
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