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“A Monument!”
Review of Paco Ducal

Paco Ducal
Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Vila Vicosa
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

This whole marble palace, which belong to the Bragança royal family for more than 400 years, 200 of them before they assumed the Portugal Monarchy. The visit is only on a guided basis, several times a day and it has some surprises. The curators tried to preserve the place so it has no artificial lighting, which means than you see what the natural light from open windows allows you. The rooms from the last monarchs (from the beginning of the 20th century) were kept exactly as they were left, which means no furniture brought from other castles, as you may expect in so many other palaces. It is really a jewel a little bit hidden from the main turistic path is Portugal.

3  Thank e1000lewing
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

This Palace is situated in a lovely large plaza together with D. João IV Pousada and The old religious seminary, with a large equestrian statue in the middle. The general architecture reflects the renaiscence style, with a stunning local blue and white marble facade. the initial construction began in the 16th century and housed one of the most important noble Portuguese family and became the Bragança dynasty. One curious note, was that the penultimate King Charles I and his son lefft from here to by murdered in Lisbon in 1910, making way to the republican revolution! nowadays the palace is managed and maintained by the Bragança Foundation. They organize 1 hour tours with explanation of the art works, paintings, furniture and general history of the hall and rooms. Despite the antiquity old the place, the main rooms and general places are decorated in 19/20th old fashion style. They are all in pristine state, excellent restoration works and maintenance has been that to leave everything like it was back then! A succession of marvellous hall, waiting rooms, dinning rooms, gambling/playing/dancing rooms, bedrooms, offices, all amazing!!! The tour end in the palace kitchen, a astonishing place (a collection of all sizes and shapes of shinning cooper pots, pans, caldrons), all lined up and literally covering the walls! Try to visit during the morning or early afternoon because the building hasn´t any electric light inside (to preserve exactly the epoch ambience!!!).

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Visiting this palace does give you the feeling as if the portuguese monarchy still lives here.
The one hour guided tour is in Portuguese only.
The picture of the monarchs and families are amazing.
This is one of those gloomy and badly iluminated houses where I would not see myself living there in spite of the very rich furnitures and decoration.

1  Thank Ori888
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

This tour is fascinating, and the guide went out of his way to give us an English version of his commentary. The apartments of the King and Queen are interesting, especially the strikingly modern furniture in the Queen's room. You get bonus points from the guide for spotting Catherine of Braganza's portrait - she was the Portuguese wife of our King Charles II. The kitchen is incredible: more copper vessels than I have ever seen.

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Reviewed April 23, 2012

This lovely building is well worth the entrance free although in the actual building very little in english the decor is worth seeing. The suprise was the carriage museum which was in several outbuildings and was huge and every sign was also in English. This town also has a brilliant tourist information office in the centre with possibly the most friendly and helpful guide. Plenty of cafes and restaurants in town and the roads were laddened with orange trees which was very pretty.

Thank helstravels
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