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“The never finished royal palace”

Ajuda National Palace
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This is a collection of decorative arts including furniture, tapestries and statues in an unfinished palace.
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“The never finished royal palace”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

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.

Visited September 2012
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“Beautiful as from a fairytale”
Reviewed August 22, 2012

I saw many people in crowded belem tower or in the monaster of jeronimos or on the elevator of san justa but we werevalone all throgh our tour at the national palace..i swear:no tourist!! And thi is a shame cos this monument-museum not only was totally worth it but was much more worth it than the other monuments i wrote before.it is a shame people go over the tower for hours and forget to visit this beautiful fairytalish castle!!!!!

Visited August 2012
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“undiscovered gem”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

my friend & I visited in sept. of last year .We were overwhelmed by the rooms furnished with the original furniture, photos, paintings, rugs , objets d'art, etc. The staff was very helpful & guided us even though it is a self guiding venue.We had the whole palace to ourselves . We would definitely recommend it. !

Visited September 2011
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“Not to be missed”
Reviewed June 20, 2012

This former residence of the Portuguese royal family has some amasing rooms and unique objects: e.g., an entire room made of Meissen porcelain: porcelain chairs, cabinets, mirrors etc.; a bird cage in the form of a nearby church; a smoking room with a window to the room where the ladies read and stitch; a dining room with adjacent billard tables - this is a place off the usual tourist route which is not to be missed. From the palace a pleasant 15 minute downhill walk will bring you to Belem with its monastery, pastry cafe, and modern art exhibition space.

Visited June 2012
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“Old Royal Palace of Lisboa”
Reviewed June 4, 2012

Don't miss this jewell when in Lisboa. Because it is a litle away from the main and best known monuments - on the top of a hill - many people don't pay a visit to this super Palace. For those, who never ever been in this place I inform them, that this Palace, a museum nowadays, is at the same time a Presidential Palace for the bigest state cerimonies. It nor the Presidential Palace, is ONLY used, for the most important events of the state.

Visited July 2011
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