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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.
Reviewed May 24, 2013

The palace it's self is a nice place. However the current exhibition by Joana Vasconcelos made this visit a four star. Open fron march to 25 August well worth a visit. The queues are very long, however we paid the extra €5 each for express. Well worth it. Joana flare for displays made with everyday items is amazing, a defenate wow factor for me. the palace its self is not unlike most of the local ones. Rich in colour, dark to protect from the sun, which is understandable. I enjoyed the visit. Not sure if I would have scored it four without the exhibition, maybe a 3.

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Reviewed May 23, 2013

Oh, my. We almost missed this magnificent palace. We'd been to Sintra, we've seen Versailles, and only because we chanced into a tourist office that was hawking an art show that is taking place inside the palace did we see the palace itself. Room after room is on view, with no one pushing you through or over-managing your time. Pay special attention to the pietra dura table in a room on the second floor. Also, don't miss the corner Asian (Chinese/Japanese) room with the silk ceiling made to look like woven bamboo. The furniture, tromp l'oeil/grisailles ceilings, inlaid carved floors and lovely guards on hand make this a spell-binding experience for a very modest price. Some repairs are needed, but this is an absolutely magnificent place. Enjoy the 700-meter climb up out of Belem, or take the 729 bus to get to this gem. A fantastic garden affiliated with the palace is on the way up the hill.

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Reviewed May 21, 2013

Building of this neo classic palace began in the late C18 and it was the home of the Royal Family until they fled to Brazil in 1807. The Palace was again used as a Royal residence again from 1861 to 1905. The building was never finished. Inside the decorations and contents reflect the tastes of the D Maria II and her husband D Ferdinand. How interesting and innovative to have a huge exhibition of the works of the sculptor Joana Vasconcelos on exhibition there. The juxtaposition of the arts on display in the setting of the Palace was very clever. The Palace in itself is amazing and the insight into royal life in the C19 was fascinating. Pity that there was no guidebook of the Palace on sale considering that part of the Palace houses the Headquarters of the Ministry of Culture

Thank lynne b
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

One of the most beautiful palaces I've ever seen. Not only you can see some amazingly decorated rooms but there is also a lot of information about each one, unlike some other places where you just get to see the thing but not get to know it.

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Reviewed April 18, 2013

There was a beautifull expose there and is there till the 23 rd of August...worth a see , very nice and the palace itself is very beautiful :)

Thank Juan H
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