National Palace of Queluz

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National Palace of Queluz
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Royal residence of two generations of monarchs, only fifteen minutes away from Lisbon, the National Palace of Queluz is intimately linked with significant figures in Portuguese history. Today it constitutes a major heritage site in Portuguese architecture and landscaping, and contains an important collection which reflects royal taste during the eighteenth and nineteenth century - from Baroque, through Rococo, to Neoclassicism.
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jonahNJ
Pennington, NJ10,817 contributions
Sep 2019
During our journey through Portugal, my wife and I visited this Palace on a beautiful September morning. This would be a magnificent palace any time of the year. Once I learned that it was constructed to be the summer palace of King Dom Pedro, I was even more impressed with this “part/time” residence. With all of its windows and gorgeous gardens and location, it was the perfect summer residence in Portugal—indeed fit for a King! One interesting fact I learned during my visit is that King Dom Pedro wife was also his niece, Maria, the former Princess of Brazil.

As is fitting for a palace, all of the rooms ranged from very spacious to cavernous. Though the palace seems to have a strong French influence, it was actually constructed under the supervision of Portuguese architect Mateus Vicente de Oliveira. I was particularly impressed with the palace’s chapel. This chapel would be impressive in any cathedral, never mind a private residence.

As magnificent as the interior of the palace is, the ground in the front and rear were just as beautiful, especially the lower gardens in the rear of the palace.

As with any palace, the Palacio de Queluz is very large and requires a great deal of walking (which is well worth the time). However, I would recommend using a guide to tour the house so that all of the details and history can be fully appreciated.
Written March 10, 2020
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Johanna Salonen
Turku, Finland29 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Decided to have a small day trip from Lisbon to Queluz Palace. Might be one of the favorite places I've ever been. Definitely a lot to see and easy to get to know yourself. Interested to see exotic wallpaper, art, beautiful garden, glazed tiles and the lifestyle of nobles? This is the right destination.

Loistokas ja upea kohde, johon on helppo tehdä puolikkaan päivän retki Lissabonista. Etenkin lokakuussa 2019 kohde oli vapaana muista turisteista ja palatsia sai katsoa kaikessa rauhassa.

Paljon nähtävää ja tarjoaa laajan katsauksen ylhäisön ja aatelisten elämään. Näkyvillä mm. Eksoottisia esineitä, kauniita kaakeleita, hevoskärryjä, kattokruunuja ja -maalauksia sekä suuri puutarha kasvihuoneineen. Helppo tutustua itsenäisesti: tarjolla elektorinisia ytimekkäitä tietoruutuja.
Written December 3, 2020
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK4,957 contributions
Jun 2021
National palace and gardens but rather sad looking as you pull up immediately outside the building and you wonder have I got the correct place? It is a large building with a couple of very impressive rooms but nothing compared to the level of luxury in other European palaces. The gardens though are excellent and were actually the highlight although this of course might be seasonally dependant.. It is a bit of a journey out of Lisbon centre by public transport but easy by road with lots of parking immediately outside.
Written July 24, 2021
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LostALot22
Chicago, IL10,377 contributions
Feb 2020 • Business
The palace was very nice. The day that I was there it was raining kinda hard so that limited walking outside somewhat. I like the old palaces of Europe and this one was pretty nice. I enjoyed the view into the past.
Written March 26, 2020
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John M
47 contributions
Feb 2020
At first one was not sure what or where to go but once we found the entrance we were up and running. This is a worthwhile visit and although a little ‘musty’ was very informative with beautiful rooms. The gardens were interesting too, particularly given it was a winters visit. The shop was nice and the cafe simple but delightful.
Written February 15, 2020
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany4,910 contributions
Apr 2021
I arrived to the castle by train from Lisbon, it is the station Queluz Belas. Then you have to walk for around 15 minutes. I found the entrance price a bit high compared to what the Palace offers. As some people have said, it is not comparable to Versailles or Peterhof even though it is marketed as such. You get to see some nice rooms inside and the gardens are also nice but not that impressive. Maybe in summer they look better? I would say just come here if you have a lot of days in Lisbon anyway. Otherwise better to focus on the attractions in Sintra.
Written April 30, 2021
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Froukje W
Amsterdam3 contributions
Mar 2020
Immens palace where it was wonderfully tranquil on a sunny Monday morning. What a beauty, what an enormous amount of mirrored wall & doors, beautiful chandeliers and intimate dining, sleeping and living quarters that belonged to long ago Portugese royals. Not to be missed: the gardens, fountains and stables.
Written March 2, 2020
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Fouregas
United States5,278 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
Perhaps back when it's new it probably was glorious. Now it looks kind of run down though there seems to be rénovation being done here and there.

Nevertheless even at it's prime, this Palace is not even closed to Versailles or those in St Petersburg.

On this visit there's only a handful of tourists, sad.
Written March 17, 2020
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André P
Lisbon, Portugal718 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
By now you all know that I love Royal Palaces! I do! I go completely bananas when I visit, and revisit - as is the case - a Royal Palace!
This one has always been a favorite of mine! I started visiting it with my Grandmother when I was only 3 years old! We came from Lisbon and spent entire afternoons in the gardens and soirées on the Rooms used for concertos - sometimes the now known as the Throne Room, other time in the Music Room! All the Palace always shined with its gilded walls! The mirrors reflected the rooms to infinity and the days and nights were simply dreamy there!
And so, I have returned time and time again since I was 3 until today, when I am 31.
The Palace still is a marvel to me! I simply adore it! One can walk from room to room, observe the architecture, the wall paintings, the floors and see the evolution of tastes, the eras that passed between each part of the complex construction. But, and it is here that my 5th star goes away, the curators of the Palace have no sense of taste, of history and of space. The rooms of the palace, nowadays, are always worth seeing, but only for its architectural features! The Palace collection is almost gone! The rooms are empty and sad, being the exception the magnificent chandeliers present on almost all the divisions! It is known that the Palace was used, mainly, as a summer Palace! Many of the objects would have been brought and taken away with the Royal Family! However, it is also known that the Palace collection is much bigger then what we see displayed and the question emerges "Where are all the bric-a-brac than should be on display in each room?!?"! Furthermore, considering that, for some reason, the collection was dispersed recently - from the 80's until now, why now find a perfect match to make the rooms what they were intended to be and not a weird compendium of furniture, damaged things and old rugs? The Palace is an absolutely triumph in more then on aspect, please, don't think that the interiors can be just ignored, they can be valorised by someone able to do that (and yes, I'm saying here and now that I would adore to just put my hands on that task... next Pena Palace and finally Ajuda Palace... all suffer from the same)!
But, as this is a personal favourite place of mine, lets end this review on a positive note: It has been said that the Palace only reveals itself when you walk to the exterior! When you walk down the Rebellion stairs and star looking around, the most amazing formal gardens and Park, with a magnificent canal just appears! For those how didn't bother to look from the windows, the surprise will be even bigger. When you go up, to the main gardens, you will be bailed with a superb facade, that seems to embrace the most perfect contains, statues and formal gardens you will ever see in a Portuguese Royal Palace. It is almost like you traveled to a small Versailles! What a magnificent view, so much beautiful stonework and so many dreams embodied in one place! Life eternal for this amazing place!
Written May 29, 2016
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Helde2014
Marseille, France3,148 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
The other reviews are definitely correct and I would like other people who are on their own to be able to find this amazing old palace.

Get in a train station in lisbon that goes to Sintra. Go down at Queluz-Belas. It is around 15 minutes walk from the station. No bus goes here so you have to walk and the way is actually very pleasant and you will have some restos and cafes along the way ( unless it is sunday and they are close ).

Ask some locals and they will point to you exactly which way- usually passing thru the park and right after the park you will already see this huge palace.

There is an entrance fee

Free picking of oranges. I was thankful that the guy working there even suggested which trees are best for picking the sweet oranges!

Prepare your camera for amazing views!!!
Written January 6, 2018
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