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“Nice summer house”

Palace of the Marquises
Ranked #77 of 422 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.
Lisbon, Portugal
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nice summer house”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

The palace is nice but a bit expensive for Portugal. I was expecting more for the ticket cost.
Guided tours are mandatory (English, French, Spanish or Portuguese) and the guide does a good job.

Visited August 2013
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Lisbon, Portugal
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Atmosphere and beauty”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2014

This amazing family home is full of Charm. Usually this palace/chateaux have no atmosphere at all, you are just one visitor more. This place is special.

Visited October 2013
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Oslo, Norway
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Delightful Tourist Spot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014

Truly, one of the most delightful tourist spots in Lisbon. And I am so happy we decided to visit this sheer wonder. A little difficult to reach though, but the majestic palace and the lush green garden in front provides you with the best of conditions for a leisure day. We went on to Metro Jardin zoologiko and took the 770 bus to the palace. My husband preferred hiring an English speaking guide, who did not charge anything overtly expensive and was actually very helpful. The palace though tremendously well-maintained has a strange creepy feeling. History oozes out from literally every artifact. The shells, Gemstones and azulejos have been well kept. The battle armors and weapons are nice to watch. Not to mention the palace definitely has some of the finest paintings and frescos we had seen in a very long time.

Visited December 2013
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Oxford
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15 reviews
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“Palace of the Marquises”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2014

The palace is a little difficult to reach, but worth the effort. You need to go to Metro Jardin zoologiko. get out on the side of Sete Rios and catch a 770 circular bus to the Palace. It runs once half an hour so check the timetable.
Another inconvenience is that as the palace is still inhabited by the present marquise it closes at noon, so you cannot come and go as you wish.
ALL THIS SAID, I assure you that it is worth a visit. The palace is beautiful,and so are the gardens with amazing tiles. The tour is guided and the guide, who speaks perfect English, told us the history of the palace which is closely connected with the history of Portugal in way that was both informative and amusing.
You are not allowed to take pics inside, but you can take beautiful pictures of the tiles and statues in the garden and even in the shop. The bus back stops at the door. We had to wait some 20 minutes, but I am still glad that we decided to go.

Visited January 2014
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5 Thank Manana
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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6 reviews
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“Beautifull castle and great gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

Definetly worth a visit!! A guided tour is provided in english, portuguees, spanish and castellano. The castle is beautifully kept and the drawings of tiles are both historic and amusing. You simply most visit when in Lisbon!

Visited August 2013
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