Ajuda Palace is not the most original, not to say the brightest, best smelling or cheerful palace you will find in the world. Scared by the earthquake of 1755 and that the world would fall in his head, D. José I built an wooden palace in one of the most spared areas of town in Ajuda. Queen Mary I, called in Brazil as the mad, did not enjoyed that much this space preferring to invest in Queluz in the outskirts of the city but in 1794 the wooden palace was burned to the ground. The new king João VI decided that a new palace had to be built in that spot. But the construction was interrupted several times, with the French invasion the Portuguese royal family fled to Brazil and the works stopped. Only in 1821 the king returned, and works resumed but in the 30’s the kingdom was facing a civil war and the construction stopped again. The palace loses its importance and the kings chose other places to stay, since they consider this concept of palace obsolete. In 1861 part of the royal family perish with typhoid fever in the Necessidades Palace and so the kings are recommended to choose a new place to stay in a midst of paranoia and superstition, so only in this date does the palace officially becomes a royal residence. The family residence facet exhales in many rooms. As predicting the crumbling of the monarchy, the never finished palace saw the kings and queens disappeared in 1910 with the proclamation of the republic and the palace became again empty only serving for official events. In 1974 the north wing of the palace burned.
Today the palace is still far from completed with an entire wing in bricks and stone. Inside, the furniture of the kings and queens returned, there are beautiful rooms, lovely quarters but the signs of abandon and the longing of the walls, remain.
The palace is free every Sunday morning until 2PM.