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“gardens were great” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Palace of the Marquises

Palace of the Marquises
Largo Sao Domingos de Benfica 1 | Fronteira Palace, Lisbon 1500-554, Portugal
+351 21 778 2023
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Ranked #69 of 391 things to do in Lisbon
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Owner description: Seventeenth Century Palace placed in an ancient Quinta de Recreio (recreation farm) which includes a formal garden, an informal garden and woods. The exterior and interiors of the Palace are decorated with the largest and best collection of Portuguese seventeenth-century "azulejos" (decorative tiles) still in their original location known today. The gardens are decorated with fountains, statues and other constructions from the seventeenth century, which are refreshing and make the walk through the premises a continuous delight. Although this is an inhabited Palace still today, visitors are welcome to take guided tours of the inside and enjoy visiting some of the most beautiful rooms, the Library, the terrace with "azulejo" panels representing the Liberal Arts, and the Chapel. The fact that this is an inhabited living space is part of its very special atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy a souvenir shop managed by the Association of the Friends of the Fronteira Palace.
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“gardens were great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

This was a fun tour, but not my favorite so far. I enjoyed the gardens very much, unfortunately we arrived when they were getting ready for wedding. The history of this house was interesting but not actually memorable. I loved the black swans that were there. They come right up to you looking for a snack. Our tour guide was very knowledgable. It took some time for the tour to get going despite us being told to return at a certain time to start the tour. The tour started at least 15 minutes late.

Visited October 2012
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“open 11-13h”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

To get there from the Jardim Zoologica MTR Station take bus 770 or walk the road parallel to the railroad for 15 minutes until you see the blue and white pedestrian bridge to cross the the railroad.

Visited October 2012
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“Pretty 17th century palace”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

The #770 bus in front of Jardim Zoologica goes to the front door of this palace. The bus only runs every half hour. You're only allowed in the palace via guided tours and, in Oct, only 2 tours given daily so time your transport well. Tickets is €7.50 for inside the palace, €3 for just the gardens. Go inside! Our guide is very knowledgeable & spoke great English. Inside has lots of azulejos, paintings, and Rococo styled ceilings. A good stop away from the bustle of central Lisbon.

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“XVII and XVIII century at it's best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

Don't miss this private palace, belonging tho the Marquis of Fronteira e Alorna, and it's gardens. Nowadays a Foundation named Fundação das Casa de Fronteira e Alorna, this institution provides to the Portuguese and foreigners who visit us, unique cultural opportunities. Not ot miss.

Visited September 2012
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“A Must See”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

It is a bit hard to get to the Palacio Fronteira. We took a taxi and it looked like it was out of town. Luckily there is a bus to go back to downtown and there is one bus once an hour, stopping in front fo the palace.

The palace itself was beautiful. However they do not allow any photography at all in the palace. I enjoyed seeing the azulejos in the Battle Hall.

The gardens were spectacular. There were many azulejos there and many classical statues. The Gallery of Kings has statues of the different kings of Portugal. There was a large pool and they had two black swans swimming there. Apparently they are pets of the current Marques. The gardens are formal and need a lot of maintenance. There are several fountains and it is fun just looking around the garden.

Visited September 2012
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