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“Azulejos, azulejos....”

Palace of the Marquises
Ranked #89 of 430 things to do in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Koksijde, Belgium
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Azulejos, azulejos....”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

The Palacio is located outside the center and therefore could well be overlooked when visiting Lisbon.
Actually the Palacio is a former hunting lodge build in the 17th. century when Lisbon wasn't yet reaching this área. In the 18th century then the hunting lodge was upgraded and extended by na aisle when the family lost its house after the 1755 earthquake in Lisbon and moved to their hunting pavillon.. Still today part of the "new " aisle is habited by the family.
For the people having a car there is ample parking space in front of the Palacio. You can visit only the gardens or the gardens and the Palacio. For the latter the entry price is 6 €.
This price includes a guide. The guide is multilingual (his englsh is even spoken with an english accent!) and his explanation was excellent.

The Palacio s not very large but beautiful decorated with azulejos. The major room depicts lots of war scenery where the Portuguese (with the help of the British) were beating the Spaniards.
From the Palacio rooms and promenades you have a beautiful view of the garden. The garden is very "geometrical layed out. You cannot miss the big water tank with its fantastic wall called the " King's Promenade". Each niche of the wall houses the buste of a former king of Portugal.
Pitty for us there was a wedding planned in the garden the day we visited the Palacio, and the tent blokked half of the view of the Wall. For this reason we only give 4 stars for what would normally be a 5 stars attraction.

Visited August 2013
4 Thank MarKno
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

Not too far from the station Jardim Zoologico, you'll find a place of sheer delight for your eyes. We've been bewitched by the colours of the place gardens. The walls painted in deep blue will remind you of les jardins majorelles de Marrackech. Gemstones, shells and azulejos have kept all of their splendour. Visit the palace for a nice journey through history.

Visited August 2013
2 Thank Nastasia F
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“Very interesting guided tour”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

This house is still inhabited and so a guide will take you through the house before you are left to wander in the gardens. It was a little disappointing not to be allowed to take photos, even without flash.

We loved the tiles and the library and found it really interesting to learn about the some of the history of Lisbon through hearing about the house. The gardens were pleasant, too.

It seemed to take a long time to get there, but I would say it was well worth it.

Visited July 2013
2 Thank MarkCheshire
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“Gardens, azulejos and a Lived in Palace”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

The azulejos are magnificent as are the gardens. The C17 Palace is the residence of the current Marquês da Fronteira. The first Marquês, D João de Mascarenhas, received his title from D Afonso VI for his loyalty to the house of Brangança in the War of Restoration. The largest room inside (the room of the battles) depicts scenes from the War of Restorartion and is now used for cultural events and was, until recently, used as a venue for Lisboetas to play bridge. There is a very good shop on site which sells reproductions of the azulejo panels.

Visited April 2013
3 Thank lynne b
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Located top of the road that leads to old town Lisbon”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

Great for pic taking. Roads clean. Plenty of parking. Great hotels in this area. Good views. Variety of shops both designer and local.

Would recommend.

Visited March 2013
Thank tipze61
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