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“Beautiful trip back in time”

National Palace of Queluz
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Royal Private Tour of Palaces in Mafra Sintra and Queluz from Lisbon
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Queluz
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Royal residence of two generations of monarchs, only fifteen minutes away from Lisbon, the National Palace of Queluz is intimately linked with significant figures in Portuguese history. Today it constitutes a major heritage site in Portuguese architecture and landscaping, and contains an important collection which reflects royal taste during the eighteenth and nineteenth century - from Baroque, through Rococo, to Neoclassicism.
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“Beautiful trip back in time”
Reviewed December 4, 2013

The Palacio Nacional is a beautifully restored reminder of Portugal's royal past. "Portugal's Versailles" is a reminder of the country's history and a lovely tour through the nicely-restored palace and the expansive gardens and grounds. The show by the Equestrian School is worth including in your visit.

Visited December 2013
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

There are so many reasons to visit this palace even though it is a little hard to get to as it is outside the city and requires thought to get there. The history of the palace, the family and the beauty of the building and site are incomparable with anything else you will see in Portugal. The rooms, one by one, are amazing. There are events on the grounds as well: equestrian events that are well worth the time to schedule your visit on a day when they are available. Wednesdays, I think, at 11:00. Just a gorgeous palace and garden that you must see.

Visited October 2013
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“Sadly under-visited gem in the Lisbon suburbs”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

Although listed in the guide for Sintra this palace is actually quite a distance away from the town (20 mins on the train), but actually much closer to Lisbon than you might expect. €0.80c will buy you the train fare to Queluz from Rossio/Oriente stations. Beware it's very poorly sign-posted. Leave the station on the South side, turn left then right and head down the Avenida Antonio Ennes, cross the main road at the bottom and continue onto the Avenida Republica. About 10 minutes (downhill) will find you in the Largo do Palácio de Queluz and the palce is ahead of you. (Entrance to the left). There is also a bus (#25) which goes from the town square but finding the stop takes some doing!

This former residence of the Portuguese royal family has some amasing rooms furnished with the original furniture, paintings, and other objets d'art. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. Sadly We had the whole palace to ourselves.

It is looking a little jaded, I suspect due to Portugals economic problems and a general lack of visitors. It's a shame that people don't visit this beautiful “undiscovered gem” of a fairytail castle!

Is is also known by the palace which stood here before - Ajuda National Palace - indeed it's also on Trip Advisor under that name too (check it out)

Visited October 2013
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“Pink Palace”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

This is a large pink palace which was deserted upon our arrival. We took our time strolling through the rooms with beautiful parquet floors and chandeliers. The drawback is that the interior needs restoration in many areas (walls especially) although it is a marvel to still be standing. The gardens are large with many statues.

Visited September 2013
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“Rococo bling!”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

How to spend your nation's wealth!
The palace was begun in the Rococo style, funded by gold from Brazil - then part of Portugal's empire. Some of the other rooms were added later, and have a little less gilt (but not a lot less!). It was the summer showpiece palace for the Royal Family, and built to impress. Unlike Versailles, it has a lot of the original furniture in situ, and that is pretty good - even if the irony of having French inspired Empire style furniture when France was invading Portugal in the early 19th century was not seen by the Royal family!
Gardens are pretty impressive too - a tile lined pleasure boating canal, lots of fountains (but water pressure seemed low, so none were in their full glory).
There are regular displays of falconry and of 17th/18th Century military horsemanship (at an extra charge), but we were not there at the right time to see them. They are like the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, but not with Lippizaner horses.
As others have said, the palace is not well known, but it is a gem: we walked down the hill from the suburban train station of Queluz-Belas - a suburb of Lisbon with little to inspire one, but once at the palace!
We asked the ticket office to call a taxi back to the station - all went well, metered, prompt - € 4.20 which saved a tiring walk up the hill in the heat.
Well worth the effort to get there.

Visited September 2013
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