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Address: Terreiro Dom Joao v, Mafra 2640-492, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 261 817 550
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Royal Private Tour of Palaces in Mafra Sintra and Queluz from Lisbon
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Private Tour: Palaces of Portugal with Ericeira

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Monumental scale

Built in the 18th century by order of King João V (1689-1750) in fulfillment of a vow he made, the Royal Convent and Palace of Mafra is the most important baroque monument in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Lagos, Portugal
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Lagos, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Built in the 18th century by order of King João V (1689-1750) in fulfillment of a vow he made, the Royal Convent and Palace of Mafra is the most important baroque monument in Portugal. All in limestone and marble, the building covers an area of almost four hectares (37.790 m2), including 1.200 rooms, more than 4.700 doors and windows, 156... More 

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Dalbeattie, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is definitely a must-see and I'd never heard of it till I went to Sintra and was touring around. It is monumental. A Palace that nearly bankrupted a Nation. I don't know why some of the other reviewers are so down on it. It's huge. The "chapel" has 9 organs, and the statues outside are as good as any... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went there on a Monday. Departed from Lisboa's Campo Grande Bus Station and it's a 40m journey. Buy your return tickets onboard (can't remember the price but it's definitely under €8.00), the bus will stop slightly infront of Mafra Palace. Unsure of where the entrance was, I took the stairs right infront of the Palace and arrived in the Church... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took a bus to Mafra, on entering the museum saw a sign: ticket office closed. Opening in 2 hours. A nice man saw us and told us this is just for school tours. (There were many, many school tours taking place.) He told us to get tickets in the gift shop. Once there we saw a sign that said, no... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were really looking forward to seeing this palace, given all the history about the amount of money spent, etc. It was so disappointing. If you are choosing between this place and somewhere else...choose somewhere else. The basilica was beautiful.

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

Well worth the price of admission. The palace is huge, and we felt like we had it to ourselves. The hunting & game rooms were like nothing I'd seen before; gave a great sense of how wealthy & extravagant the Portuguese monarchy was. The English-language descriptions in the rooms were mainly about the art & architecture, very few explanations about... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

Lots of reviews here have covered the impressive palace, especially the library, so I want to focus on the organ concerts that take place in the basilica the first Sunday of the month. This basilica is the only church in the world with six working organs. The organs were built in the early 1800s, and were always intended to be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

Impressive monument. This us a must if you visiting the area north of Lisbon. Also the adjacent garden is pleasant. Do visit !!!

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London, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

It is a nice palace. It need more attention to the information. The price is very low tickets. The library is amazing

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Salcombe, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

Just to see the library is pretty amazing. If you are into palaces and such I can recommend visiting mafra palace

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